Joyce is the director of our San Francisco office, where she focuses on development and retention of staff and market diversification, while continuing to reinforce SmithGroupJJR’s reputation for design excellence. As the former leader of the office's Health Design Studio, she directed the planning and design process for a wide range of health facilities. Thus, she is recognized among peers for her commitment to enhancing quality of life, elevating the design aesthetic, and providing cost-effective design for the aging. Joyce is well-versed in laws and regulations impacting design, and is involved with a number of organizations addressing senior care environments. "It's wonderful to see how healthcare design has become recognized for the importance it plays in the health and healing process," says Joyce. "The patient experience is where it's at now." Someday, Joyce hopes to start a non-profit companion dog service for seniors who want to care for a pet.
Board of Directors, Firm Leader, Healthcare Design, Office Leader, Senior Living
American Institute of Architects, Fellow (FAIA), Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
American Senior Living Models in China
Alexis Denton and Joyce Polhamus, two of the leading experts in senior living design, discuss the intricacies of transplanting the American senior care model to China.
Through her work with the National Charity League, Joyce and her daughter volunteer regularly at St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco, serving meals to the homeless.