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SEPTEMBER 24-26, 2024
Austin Convention Center - Austin, Texas

Advisory Board Member

Rachel Opare-Sem

Architectural Designer

About Rachel

Rachel Opare-Sem is a vital part of the architecture+ mental health design and patient safety team. As an architectural designer, she is committed to using design as a tool to improve and enrich lives of often under-served communities. She supports her clients and design teams by imparting her in-depth knowledge of patient safe products and her technical sensibilities to create thoughtful and therapeutic environments that elevate the stakeholder and patient experiences.

Healthcare Design Work

Rachel’s experience encompasses an array of mental healthcare-centered projects — from fire safety upgrades at crisis residences to new, state-of-the art psychiatric hospitals. She seizes every opportunity to closely collaborate with facility planners, architects, engineers, constructors, and manufacturers leading the charge in generative healthcare design to promote functionality, safety, healing, and dignity to the continuum of care. Her unique experience evaluating patient-safe products and installations, knowledge of medical equipment planning, and construction administration expertise solidifies the success of each project.  

Education & Credentials

  • Norwich University, School of Architecture + Art
    • 2015 Masters of Architecture
    • 2014 Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
    Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Speaker, “Life Safety Design Strategies to Protect Residents in Community Homes for the Developmentally Disabled,”
    September 2022

    2015 Joined architecture+

Fun Fact

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be corned beef jollof rice with plantains.