When Mary-Jean Eastman, FAIA, entered architecture school in 1966, fewer than 10 percent of her classmates were women. Today she is proud that women lead the majority of her firm’s offices and studios. She and Brad Perkins, FAIA, co-founded Perkins Eastman in 1981. Mary-Jean’s early experiences led to her career-long commitment to designing and building programmatically complex buildings. In her almost 40-year career, she has found her greatest opportunities with instutional buildings where the clients have often been women. Initially, Mary-Jean completed several award- winning public buildings for the City of New York, but for the past 25 years she has focused largely on healthcare projects that enable the continuing advances in patient-centered care. Working with clinical leaders and enlightened administrators, she has integrated architecture and interior design to create healthcare spaces that truly have made a difference in people’s lives. She has completed seven large ambulatory care centers, including four for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the first comprehensive cancer center in Israel.
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Mary-Jean has been active in the New York City architectural and construction communities as a board member of AIA New York, the New York Building Congress, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, and the Salvadori Center. She currently serves on the Faculty Advancement Board of the McGill University Faculty of Engineering.