Pamela Deatherage, AIA
Principal, Director of Healthcare Architecture
“I learn something new every day. Every project is a new and individualized design for each client. Especially in healthcare, constant upgrades in technology and science keep me interested in creating better spaces for our clients and their patients.”
With more than 45 years of experience in architecture, Pam has focused her career on designing healthcare facilities from clinics to radiology to surgery and everything in between, from The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital to OK Kids Korral, from clinic and treatment spaces for Tulsa’s largest hospitals to The University of Oklahoma Tulsa Schusterman Center simulation center.
With each of her projects, Pam strives to provide the highest level of expertise and service to her clients. Her favorite project is always the one she’s working on now.
Get to Know Pamela
What attracted you to architecture, and when did you know you wanted to make that your career?
In high school, I liked to draw and do math. Architecture has provided an outlet for both, and much more.
How has technology changed the way that you do your job?
Technology provides the ability to do more projects at once. Modelling (3D) allows us better communications with our clients.
What advice do you have for people who would like to begin a career in architecture?
If you like to draw, to create, to do math and science and work with others, architecture could be your passion. But you need the passion to survive the school and experience and licensure process.
Why KKT? What sets KKT apart from its competitors?
The inclusiveness, the flexibility, the importance of design, and follow-thru in construction….
What is the biggest challenge in the architecture/interior design industry right now?
Getting young people exposed and instilled with the desire and passion that it takes to get through the education, experience and licensure.
Explain one thing/situation you’ve experienced that you doubt anyone reading this has also experienced.
My first job, they hired me more as a receptionist, and secondarily for drafting skills. Looking back, I don’t think anyone thought I would make it as an architect, but lucky for me – no one ever tried to stop me.
Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
What or who inspires you?
My mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, close friends…my OSU roommate (who died of cancer last year) – none of them are architects
What is your definition of success?
Being respected for my work
If you had a free afternoon to do anything, what would you do?
Go for a walk with my dog or visit my grandson.
Do you support any local charities? If so, which one(s)?
KWGS, PBS, World Wildlife Fund, American Cancer Association, Go Red for Women (Heart Assn), SPCA, Community Food Bank, Emergency Infant Services
What is your favorite thing about Tulsa?
It’s a great place to live and you can go visit anywhere. I can walk my neighborhood any time of day or night and feel completely safe, and I live 3.5 miles from downtown. How many people around the country can say that?