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.


Washington State University
Bachelor of Science Architectural Studies 2007

University of Oregon
Master of Architecture 2009


State of Washington 
Registered Architect 2014

State of Oregon
Registered Architect 2016


AHC / Architecture for Health Committee
Board Member and current Co-Chair

ACHA / American College of Healthcare Architects

EDAC / Evidence Based Design

AIA Oregon Member

NCARB Member


ZGF Architects

Projects with a focus on design excellence and health for a better world


Myers & Briggs

Learner | Achiever | Intellection | Futuristic | Discipline


Preventative Medicine / Outpatient Care /
Population Health / Branding + Graphics /
Storytelling / National Parks / Tiki Bars

Courageous Architecture for the 21st Century