Giving Design works to create healing environments by making design services and products available to organizations that provide a community benefit by improving health and well-being. We do this by partnering with businesses, skilled volunteers and other non-profits to connect design beneficiaries with the services, products and labor they need.
Our mission is to connect the skills and resources of our design community with those who might not otherwise have access to design’s positive impact.
We recognize that design requires experience, skill and knowledge that ordinarily comes at a high price. We acknowledge that for many, the price of design, makes it a luxury.
We believe strongly that design improves the quality of life, and that the value of design is too important to be a luxury.
We know that the design community, of which the members of Giving Design are a part, is populated with generous and involved practitioners who are committed to expanding access to good design for everyone, particularly those to whom it may seem beyond reach.
“Everyone deserves good design.” ….. Gary Goldberg, Board Member Giving Design.
board of directors
Christine Hardin, LEED AP, EDAC
Christine Hardin has over 30 years of experience as a registered interior designer and business owner. She founded Giving Design in 2016 and, through community engagement and by partnering with other nonprofits, is guiding and growing the fledgling nonprofit toward its mission of creating healing environments through design.
An active Professional Affiliate member of the Center for Health Design, Christine is also LEED AP and EDAC accredited and is thoroughly familiar with sustainable and evidence-based interior design, as well as Planetree person-centered care best practices. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Exhibit Design from FIT State University of New York.
Christine is the sole proprietor of Pickett Design Associates, founded in New York City in 1984, and has worked on many innovative and complex healthcare projects. She understands the connection between a thoughtfully-designed facility and improved patient health.
Christine is passionate about designing spaces that positively impact the health and wellbeing of the people they serve, and is dedicated to bringing this energy and experience to Giving Design.
Gary Goldberg, AIA
President of G Goldberg AIA, a professional consulting practice offering design, planning and program development services to the healthcare industry. A founding board member of Giving Design, Gary is an outspoken proponent of constructive change in facility design, having worked with healthcare providers for over 35 years to design and plan healing environments of all types and scales.
Gary is also a co-founder and board member of Carry On! Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is creating residential communities that integrate skill-building and re-integration opportunities for veterans returning to civilian life. He is active in the design and planning of large-scale events for Care Harbor, an organization that offers free health care without bias, in multi-day clinic events that provide medical, dental, vision care and follow-up services, and has served as co-chair of the Healthcare Committee of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter.
Gary was a partner in the architecture firm Devenney Group Ltd. for 18 years, leading the firm’s design activities. During this period he co-founded the LongWave Group, a self-assembled interdisciplinary collaborative devoted to the radical improvement of health care environments.
Lee Brennan, AIA
Lee Brennan comes to Giving Design after recently retiring from international design firm Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A., bringing with him over 39 years of professional experience encompassing all aspects of project delivery, from strategic planning and programming through design and construction.
Lee led the HEAL market group for Cuningham Group, is a former member of their board of directors and continues to work as a healthcare planning consultant to Cuningham Group and others in addition to his board member role with Giving Design. He continually works to provide creative and innovative responses to meet the challenges facing the healthcare industry.
A consistent leader in planning, design and project management, Lee has worked with a wide range of clients, including public and private real estate developers, investor-owned companies, publicly held corporations, nonprofit organizations, universities, city and county governments, and federal agencies.
While his career has encompassed a multitude of building typologies, for the last 32 years Brennan has primarily focused on the delivery of projects for large healthcare systems such as Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Keck Medicine, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Providence Health Services, Sutter Health, University of California and the Veterans Administration.
His work and writings have been published in Architectural Record, Design Journal, Form Magazine, Inland Architect, Medical Design and Construction, Progressive Architecture, and Texas Architect, and he has played instrumental roles in projects that have received design awards from Progressive Architecture and the American Institute of Architects.
Lee Brennan’s professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Westside Family Health Center (Advisory Council) and the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative. He was the 2019 keynote speaker at the Healthcare Modern Engineering Systems International Conference in Kazan, Russia.
2020 Advisory Council