Giving Design works to create healing environments by making design services and products available to spaces that provide a community benefit, or improved health and medical services. We do this by partnering with businesses, skilled volunteers and other nonprofits to connect design beneficiaries with the funding, products and labor they need.
Have you ever been in a cold, sterile hospital patient room as you sat shivering with the flu? Or a dreary, outdated lobby that made you concerned about the level of medical care you were about to receive? There is a direct correlation between the design of an environment and the well-being of its inhabitants.
Our work has just begun, but already it is rewarding and inspiring.
Christine Hardin / Founder
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 / Treasurer
President of G Goldberg AIA, a professional consulting practice offering design, planning and program development services to the health care industry. A founding board member of Giving Design, G is an outspoken proponent of constructive change in facility design, having worked with health care 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.
Carol Spiegel / Secretary
Carol Spiegel is recognized as an innovator in the field of art consulting and curatorial services. She develops and administers strategies to coordinate and maximize an overall company image through the selection of artwork created locally and nationally. Ms. Spiegel has worked with some of the nation's largest and best known corporations, architectural and design firms, and hotels to identify and represent images through art, particularly corporate headquarters, public institutions, public spaces and prestigious resorts.
Ms. Spiegel founded The Angel Gallery in Los Angeles, which represented emerging artists, illustrators and photographers. It was here that Ms. Spiegel began her in-depth knowledge of and access to the country’s preeminent artists and galleries. Earlier in her career, Ms. Spiegel worked in marketing within the independent film industry. Her major focus was the creation of marketing materials for European Film festivals.
In recognition to her work as an art consultant and civic affairs executive, Ms. Spiegel served on the Neon Museum Education Committee, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art. She attended New York University and The New School in New York City. Ms. Spiegel lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She is an avid outdoorswoman and adventure traveler.
2019 Advisory Council