Christine Craik


ASID, IDC, IDIBC, IIDA, AAHID and NCIDQ, Board Certified Healthcare Interior Designer, Certified Eden Associate

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Great design is about understanding the “why” and delivering it in three dimensions.

I strive to create places where people can healthfully and happily live their best lives. With over 25 years of experience working in the design industry, I specialize in senior living, multifamily, geriatric healthcare and health, and wellness design. I am passionate about developing innovative ways to warm spaces that are often cold. I always begin with understanding the essence of the people spending their days and nights in a senior living community and translate that into a design that must support, encourage, engage, and welcome every resident and care partner. I call this Sensory Design: creating spatial and sensory relationships that are familiar to residents, increasing their health, well-being, and happiness because their minds and bodies are intrinsically connected to the spaces in which they live.


My portfolio includes complex projects in luxury independent living, assisted living, memory and dementia care, complex care, spa design and geriatric behavioral health environments in the United States and Canada.


I serve on the board of the non-profit German-Canadian Benevolent Society, whose mission is to provide quality care and support for seniors in British Columbia. I am a guest lecturer for Senior Living Design at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, as well as a volunteer mentor and award juror for the IDIBC and the IIDA. I am also a member of the BC Care Providers Association, the International Council on Active Aging, and the Canadian Association on Gerontology.


My Sectors: Senior Living, Healthcare, and Workplace

My Services: Interior Design, and Facilities Planning


We asked, Christine answered:


What makes a great design?

“Understanding the “why” and delivering it in three dimensions. A great design supports and reflects the people who use the space. Our job as designers is to draw out of our clients what they need and want, when sometimes they’re not sure of it themselves. When their environment is shaped in a way that brings out the best in a person, that’s the ideal design. It supports, enhances, revitalizes and inspires people.”


How would you describe your collaboration style?

“This is a team-oriented, highly collaborative profession. I want everyone on my team to fully understand the mission behind the project we’re working on. When everyone knows exactly where we’re going, we get there faster and more efficiently. I celebrate brainstorming and encourage my teams to share all ideas. We riff off one another and sometimes the most brilliant ideas emerge from a compilation of impossibilities. Challenges must excite you, not frustrate you. I like challenges—they’re like puzzles to solve. They spur invention.”