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Meet the 2020 U40 recipient

By Maggie Brown posted 09-25-2020 09:09 AM


Marybeth Dietz, AIA is a highly skilled senior project architect and project manager at SmithGroup in Chicago, IL. With more than 15 years of experience, she has spent the last 12 working with healthcare clients. She is practiced in leading complicated projects for prestigious health systems, most notably Northwestern Medicine. Marybeth is currently the Committee Co-Chair of the Advisory Group for the Academy of Architecture for Health, which connects all local AAH components across the country. She recently served as AIA Chicago’s Healthcare Knowledge Community Chair where her passion for sharing healthcare knowledge grew exponentially.  Marybeth has been actively involved in the ACHA Summer Leadership Summit, the Generative Space Task Force, AIA Chicago’s Bridge and Transform programs, and as a mentor to the University of Illinois Chicago Studio.  Aside from formal programs, Marybeth serves as a mentor to past and current emerging architect colleagues. She possesses a Lean Yellow Belt Certification for Healthcare.

"Marybeth has shown a depth of volunteerism and a desire to host and create programming for the benefit of the healthcare community, at both her local level with the HCKC, as well as at the national level with the AIA AAH AG." - Jury statement

The U40 List celebrates individuals under 40 years of age making a significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare design. Each year up to two individuals are selected to have their names added to the distinguished U40 List.