Podcast Episode

Architects vs Nurses - Similarities and Differences (w Estee Tan) - S3 Bonus Episode

Ever wonder what Architects and Nurses have in common? Tune in to this bonus episode of Architecture Siol! with my wife Estee is also a nurse at NUH

May 22, 2024

We discuss the following:

- Her thoughts of me and what architects do before and after meeting me.
- Digitalisation in the Healthcare and Architecture Industry in Singapore
- The need for deeper collaboration in both industries
- Importance for mentors for fresh graduates starting out
- Recogition (pre COVID post COVID) for nurses
- Misconceptions of nurses "Nurses do not only clean shit, they also evaluate the shit"
- Push and pull factors to stay in the Healthcare or Architecture Industry
- Underpaid architects as agreed by Estee
- "Architects receive "shit" from authorities, nurses receive "shit" from patients"
- The need to raise awareness for what we do as Architects
- Design considerations vs Human Behaviour
- Must buildings be perfect?
- Constraints that not many people understand Architects tackle
- Brain drain is becoming a real issue
- Who dictates the SOPs for hospitals?
- The need for bottom-up and top-down approaches for standardisation of best practices/workflows
- The importance for regular discussion
- Estee's view and wishlist for her hospital / ward design

About Estee

Estee is a Senior Staff Nurse at National University Hospital. She has worked as a nurse for nine years and is currently working in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She loves traveling around the world and experience different way of living. Most importantly, she is my wife!

About the show

Architecture Siol! is a podcast from Gabriel Chek featuring Stories, Issues, Opportunities, Learnings within Architecture.

Tune in as Gabriel chats with fellow architects, designers and students to discover more about them and their ‘badass’ work in the architectural industry in Singapore and beyond.

siol - Singaporean slang (Singlish). Commonly used at the end of a sentence to emphasize the 'badass' qualities of someone/something.

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