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ROSALYN CAMA, FASID, EDAC:
Visionary Risk Taker
Rosalyn Cama helped create the field of healthcare
design through a combination of determination, oppor-
tunity, passion, and far-sightedness. She also urged the
ASID community to embrace research and data and to
build the case for the value of design to clients, espe-
cially in the healthcare and workplace sectors.
Cama graduated from college in 1975 with a degree
in interior design. Her intention was to go on to get a
Master’s in Architecture, but she wanted to work in
the field first. Her mother spotted an advertisement
for a draftsman at Yale-New Haven Hospital, which
she thought would be a stepping stone to graduate
school. Once Cama got the job, she soon learned that
the hospital was planning a major expansion, and she
would be working alongside established New York
architecture firms guiding the design on behalf of
the hospital and its future patients. “The firms didn’t
have their own interior design divisions at that point,
so I did all the interiors,” she says.
After seeing the project through to completion,
she considered joining one of those established
firms and setting up an interior design group—or
going back to architecture school. Instead, she took
a risk, and started her own practice, appropriately
named CAMA, Incorporated. Her expertise as a
designer for and consultant to hospitals and clin-
ics quickly made her a sought-after collaborator.
She also is committed to developing her own
Jamie Drake, FASID
Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC
Interior design of the lobby of El Paso Children’s Hospital by CAMA, Incorporated; inset: Cama Bed Chair.