Rachel McCorkle

Rachel McCorkle is an architect; this is something that you can tell just by looking at her title. But what you may not know is that she was on a Division 1 Rowing team for the University of Buffalo and won two conference championships. To this day Rachel says, “Thinking about it today still makes me breathless!” She helped win her first championship by the last five strokes her and her teammates made, hearing her talking about it you can tell this is one of her greatest personal achievements. These things are all things she can tell you about. But what she may not tell you about is her greatest strength, the ability to have a great memory.  You will for sure want her on your team if there is ever a trivia competition. On top of having a great memory Rachel enjoys having dinner parties, making treats for the office (keep your eyes out for those) and being active outdoors.

Specializing in healthcare architecture, Rachel is a part of our health care team. Her interest in health care architecture stems from her mother being sick most of her life. She visited several hospitals and medical facilities with her over the years. Sadly, many of the facilities architecture or engineering did not positively impact the visits. Sometimes there were unpleasant smells that permeated the room, or the room was so noisy you could not think straight, let alone rest, and recover. She is interested in healthcare architecture because she believes that the built environment can positively impact the users.

Rachel is motivated by knowledge and synthesizing that knowledge into ideas, solutions, and plans. Probably why her professional goal is to be involved in projects that have a positive impact on individuals that use the building. But her daydream is being involved in something like the Maggie’s Center. The Maggie’s Center is a UK based organization that provides cancer care outside of the hospital setting. These centers are special places and have one of the kind architecture. Each center is unique in response to its site and population. They are researched and at the cutting edge of healthcare design.

“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
for when dreams fade
Life is a baren field
Frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughs