An Architect for Health


Jenny Cestnik is a registered architect and northwest creative exploring opportunities for wellness from her home base in Portland, Oregon.

Jenny is an early bird optimist inspired by buildings that heal, music that envelops, and stories that engage. She is fascinated with creating urban architecture where people feel happy and well. By day Jenny is a medical planner, designer and architect for one of the nation’s leading architectural practices. Away from her desk you’ll find her exploring national parks and dusty roadside attractions.

I believe smart and beautiful design is born from mindful study and respect of all beings and their unique needs for wellness

As a healthcare architect, I advocate for evidence based solutions and rely on data and metrics as credible resources for planning.  I believe the challenge and joy of architecture comes from discovering ways to blend fact with emotional need to create one of a kind places for others to inhabit.  However data often changes in medicine.  So do living beings and their needs.

Design is not an isolated practice. To succeed, we must share our knowledge of best practices, trends, and experience to test new ideas for the future.  Incorporating unique and new goals to a project hat may not have been done before.  Through good nature and gut instincts beautiful places can come to fruition.

I believe that healthcare design is more than than building hospitals and clinics.  Healthcare is in everything we design from our cities and neighborhoods to the products we use to sustain them.  The aspiration for global health is no isolated undertaking, creatives and clinicians must work together to fix the errs of our previous constructed ways.  Good design comes from thoughtful response to complex problems and we live in a time when there are many to address.

I’m both thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to help pioneer design trends that improve the lives of those we serve today as well as help prepare as best I can for the future.


<b>Washington State University</b><br /> B.S. Architectural Studies (2007)<br /> <b>University of Oregon</b><br /> Master of Architecture (2009)


Registered Architect - State of Washington<br /> Registered Architect - State of Oregon


Evidence Based Design Certification<br /> American Institute of Architects Member


ZGF Architects - Associate<br /> Projects with a focus on healthcare design and medical planning


INTJ – Meyers Brigg<br /> Learner | Achiever | Intellection | Futuristic | Discipline – Strengthsfinder


Outpatient Care<br /> Preventative Medicine<br /> Population Health<br /> National Parks<br /> Tiki Bars

Selected works

Get inspired by this collection of proudest works we have completed over the past few years and awards we have earned for hard work.
Courageous Architecture for the 21st Century