KENNESAW, Ga. | Mar 13, 2023
For most people, hospitals and healthcare facilities are a necessary evil, but to Kennesaw State alum and award-winning designer, Josh Robinson, they represent hope.
“My parents worked in hospitals throughout my life, so I saw hospitals in all their glory and all their mystery,” said Robinson, a 2019 graduate from the College of Architecture of Construction Management (CACM). “My sister and I learned how amazing hospitals are, so I was shocked by how many people were terrified of them. I made it my goal to heal beyond the hospital.”
Recently, The NYC Journal named Robinson to its “Top 10 Architects to Look Out for in 2023” list. While relatively early in his career, Robinson’s portfolio already spans the country and, according to the publication, includes a “breathtaking body of work” focused on destigmatizing healthcare environments.
“I’m beyond proud, but I’m also not surprised,” said Kathryn Bedette, the associate dean of CACM, about his immense success.
Robinson’s first job after graduation from Kennesaw State was at an architecture firm in Atlanta. In 2021, he was awarded the Emerging Professional Honor from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). After that, he moved to a large architecture firm in New York where his talent was, again, quickly recognized.
"I credit my success to my coworkers and mentors," Robinson said. "I am grateful to learn from senior designers and mentor junior designs."
Robinson started his deep dive into the designs of healthcare systems during the year and a half he spent on his thesis at Kennesaw State, working closely with CACM associate professor Pegah Zamani.
“Josh and his incredible journey embody the exceptional evolving career pathway I wish for each of our students,” Zamani said. “As his former thesis advisor to his current research collaborator, I have traced his deep commitment to excellence and leadership. And I know the best is yet to come.”
Robinson was raised in Westchester, New York, but moved to Georgia for school. He graduated from Kennesaw State with a Bachelor of Architecture, a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board that can be completed in no fewer than five years. KSU is one of only three schools in Georgia that offers a NAAB accredited degree.
While Bedette credits the focus, drive, and energy Robinson has to his success, she believes he proves what is possible for all Kennesaw State students.
“Josh is a great example that there’s no limit to what our students can achieve. The education they receive here is so valuable and well-rounded,” said Bedette.
Robinson agreed, saying “The five-year architecture program at KSU is very specific and crafts very strong students.”
Currently, Robinson is working on a multibillion-dollar project for a massive hospital expansion in the Northeast, and the rising star is excited about his future.
“I have my eye on a few clients and regions outside the U.S, and I plan to do more international work moving forward,” Robinson said. “I am learning about policy advocacy, how to change the healthcare field, and I’m looking forward to testing my reach.”
– By Amanda Cook
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