4wrd | DEI

4wrd is our DEI initiative that provides staff with the tools and framework to succeed in the healthcare design industry.

We are dedicated to supporting the growth and success of our employees from underrepresented backgrounds and ensuring equitable treatment throughout the firm.

Our Goals

Achieving a more balanced work force; emphasizing accountability; providing education and programming; and taking a DEI-based approach to design.

These goals are supported by a robust mentoring program, employee resource groups, an annual scholarship supporting diversity in design, continuing education opportunities, and monthly 4wrd meetings. We partner with specialists for educational webinars on topics including unconscious bias, professional development, and building stronger teams. We are continuously working to improve our approach to design and providing opportunities for progress. We collaborate with Catalyst, NOMA, and CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion to help strengthen our understanding and reach.

4wrd Diversity in Design Scholarship

With a commitment to supporting diversity and academic excellence, E4H works to improve diversity in the field of healthcare design and health sciences architecture. E4H’s goal is to  provide architecture and design candidates from underrepresented backgrounds with mentorship and a platform to voice their unique perspectives. The annual scholarship is open to candidates that further this initiative and includes a paid internship at E4H. Learn more about our recipients:

Sheldon Johnson – 2023

Ivania Rivera – 2022

James Sanders – 2021

Julian McKnight – 2020


Champions serve as a board for 4wrd. They represent each office and are integral to our initiative. Champions meet monthly to discuss DEI related issues within their communities to support one another and work towards allyship. Champions benefit from special speakers, workshops, and resources available to better serve as advocates for DEI. 4wrd Champions host monthly firm-wide meetings to address relevant topics through presentations, education, and discussion.


4wrd Monthly Meetings provide information and inspiration based on current events or monthly celebrations in addition to best business practices for professional development, and design trends. E4H projects are often presented touching upon designing for diverse populations and community involvement. Guest speakers and clients provide their perspectives. Microlearning sessions where staff take part in step-by-step training in subjects such as empathy or microaggressions are also presented. Breakout room discussions where a question is posed related to the topics presented, allow for cross-office dialogues and potential solutions.