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McMillan Pazdan Smith Welcomes Minta Ferguson as New Director of Planning

McMillan Pazdan Smith Welcomes Minta Ferguson as New Director of Planning

Ferguson brings experience in strategic healthcare facility planning and design, as well as innovative analytical and facilitation skills to McMillan Pazdan Smith.

GREENVILLE, S.C. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. — McMillan Pazdan Smith, a regional, studio-based architecture, planning and interior design firm with six offices in the Southeast, has hired Minta Ferguson as Director of Planning.

Ferguson’s new role will weave together her professional disciplines of planning, strategy, finance and operations. She is looking forward to strengthening the firm’s foundation in research and development and thought leadership, as well as expanding their pre-design service offerings.
Ferguson received a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 2007, but knew she wanted to do great things in architecture going all the way back to grade school. As her career has developed, she developed a passion for making positive changes through community health and wellness.

She has earned a professional reputation for crafting innovative facility solutions by leveraging experience and data from strategic facility master plans, market analysis, facility condition assessments, operational improvement and architectural design. Her healthcare planning and design work includes projects for not-for-profit and for-profit clients, as well as the Army and Veteran’s Administration. Her project experience ranges from rural health to urban trauma centers and national healthcare systems.

Ferguson comes to McMillan Pazdan Smith after eight years at Catalyst, A Haskell Company, as their Director of Planning after starting there as a Senior Healthcare Planner in 2013.

“I thrive on continuous improvement, learning, tool development, knowledge sharing and collaboration. I look to leverage the team’s skills and innovative tools to creatively solve our clients’ problems and provide added value to McMillan Pazdan Smith,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said she was attracted to McMillan Pazdan Smith’s design recognition, strong client relationships, entrepreneurial nature and culture.

“We are looking forward to applying Minta’s data-driven approach to the type of large, complex, multi-disciplinary projects we’ve been doing,” said Brad Smith, AIA, Managing Principal. “Her experience working with clinicians, engineers, architects and strategists to determine final recommendations for clients is a great asset to our strong studio teams.”

About McMillan Pazdan Smith
McMillan Pazdan Smith is a regional, studio-based architecture, planning, and interior design firm. Practicing since 1955, the firm currently has offices throughout the Southeast in Spartanburg, Greenville, Charleston, Charlotte, Asheville, and Atlanta. MPS was recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as the “Southeast Design Firm of the Year” in 2019.
As a relationship-based firm, McMillan Pazdan Smith is driven by a collaborative culture, creativity, and innovative design solutions. Each studio strives for exceptional client service in order to achieve “Good Design” that is functional, beautiful, cost-effective, well-constructed, and community-oriented.