Anthrotects is a healthcare architecture firm. Our name reflects our belief that all clients have their own unique “culture” that they bring to their care, healing, education, and practice of medicine. Anthropology is, in part, the science of humans in relation to their environmental, social and cultural interactions; by that definition architecture is a subset of anthropology. Health care architecture is the art and science of designing and building hospitals and other healing structures. A good anthropologist/architect objectively observes and records peoples’ practices: the hospital architect must “dig in” to the specific intricacies of the client and patient, and then co-create a building with them that accomplishes and enriches caregiving and healing. Anthrotects works with clients to create structures that tell the community, patients and caregivers alike, that their new “shelter” is a functioning symbol of their mission.


Willy Schlein • Founding Principal

Willy’s 22 year career in architecture has focused on the planning, programming and design of hospitals and healing spaces. He is a fourth generation “healthcare provider,” as his father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all physicians. As the founder of Anthrotects, he continues to build on this legacy through the design of healing spaces.

Willy holds a Masters of Architecture from the Architecture + Health Studio at Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA AAH). From 2010 -2013 he was the Chairman of the Education Committee overseeing professional development and student involvement in the AIA AAH. He is past Chairman of the AIA/AAH Tuttle Fellowship and the Founding Chair of the AIA South Atlantic Region Architecture for the Health Inaugural Conference – A Chautauqua on Regional Healthcare Architecture – the first of its type, now in its 5th year. In 2013 he served as the hospital design expert on the Vision 5 Advisory Board of the Washington DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development for the McMillan Reservoir, a new healthcare campus in the District of Columbia’s Ward 5.

Prior to launching Anthrotects Willy was the Director for WHR’s Washington, DC practice. He has also served in leadership positions at national healthcare design firms, beginning as a Tradewell Fellow at WHR in Houston, a Medical Planner at KMD and SmithGroup in San Francisco, and Healthcare Director at OWPP (now CannonDesign) in Phoenix.


Our services include programming, planning, and design for outpatient, inpatient, research, laboratory, and academic medical projects. Our focus is helping clients define their culture of practice and designing architecture to define this inherently unique culture, hence our name “Anthrotects”.


  • Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) Entrance and Lobby

    Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC)

    CNMC opened the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex in 2013. With over 6,000 square feet of treatment, education and exercise spaces, the complex provides quality...

  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Nurse's Station

    Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

    The project is designed for mothers with high risk and/or multiple birth pregnancies, a demographic in which BGSMC is an international leader. The patient and clinical...

  • AnMed Neuro Intensive Care and Step Down Units Lobby Area

    AnMed Neuro Intensive Care and Step Down Units

    The Neuro ICU project is a hospital floor designed for neurological patients being treated for conditions ranging from stroke to traumatic brain injury and includes...

On the Boards

  • Ethio-American Doctors Group Hospital Exterior

    Ethio-American Doctors Group Hospital

    The Ethio-American Doctors Group (EADG) project is a 300 bed multi-specialty hospital, Outpatient Clinic Building, and Cancer Treatment Center. It is in the design phase...


Willy Schlein    |   willy@anthrotects.com


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