Senior Principal

Louis A. Meilink Jr.


“I believe a positive attitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Not only does it aid me and the design team in our work, it serves the needs of our clients, including patients, families, and caregivers.”

Louis Meilink’s great passion is architecture for health. As longtime leader of Ballinger’s healthcare practice, trusted partner to renowned healthcare institutions, and recognized pioneer in evidence-based design, he specializes in the intersection of design excellence and clinical expertise. Since joining Ballinger in 1987, he has honed a design approach founded on curiosity and guided by inquiry. With those vital sparks as fuel, Lou ensures Ballinger’s teams ask the right questions, address the right problems, and, in so doing, reach the right answers. Lou’s work demonstrates that when you meld passion with persistence, you can overcome obstacles, uncover solutions, and unlock the power of design to lead cultural change.

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Kansas State University,
Bachelor of Architecture



Years at Ballinger


Exterior of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Middleman Family Pavilion

Middleman Family Pavilion Profiled in Healthcare Design Magazine

August 22, 2023

Exterior of Grand View Hospital at dusk

Grand View Hospital Opens New Pavilion

June 01, 2023

Inova Oakville Health Center Tops Out

May 22, 2023

Headshot of Ballinger senior principal Louis A. Meilink Jr.

Ballinger Senior Principal Honored as Distinguished Kansas State Alum

April 14, 2023

Headshot of Courtney Petrella

From Intern to Innovator

April 13, 2023

Exterior of Inova Oakville at night

Ballinger to Participate in Texas A&M “Architecture for Health” Speaker Series

March 08, 2023

Rendering of exterior of Inova Alexandria Hospital

Design Plans for Inova Alexandria Hospital at Landmark Officially Released

December 13, 2022

Ballinger Presents at the 2022 European Healthcare Design Conference

June 17, 2022

Birds-eye view of Chester County Hospital and rooftop garden

LEED Silver awarded to Chester County Hospital

June 02, 2022

The Evolving Quadruple Aim and the Importance of Place

April 17, 2022

Kansas State University standing on Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado

Ballinger Senior Principal Sponsors Interdisciplinary Collaborative Studio at Kansas State University

December 10, 2021

Photograph of the Inova Eastern Region Oakville at Potomac Yard

Inova Eastern Region Oakville at Potomac Yard Breaks Ground

November 16, 2021

Architectural rendering of the lobby of Grand View Health

Grand View Health Expansion Tops Out

October 18, 2021

Welcome Addition

August 06, 2021

Bringing the Outside In

June 23, 2021

Cohen Hospital Shortlisted for Interior Design Best of Year Award

December 22, 2020

Healthcare Design Magazine Covers Ballinger Talk

November 19, 2020

Judging a Book by Its Cover

November 02, 2020

Planning Facilities for Telehealth

October 19, 2020

Healthcare Design Q&A with Ballinger’s Louis Meilink

October 13, 2020

Design’s Ability to Transform + Deliver Population Health

October 08, 2020

NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns Opens

August 03, 2020

Maternity Center Offers Privacy and Distancing to All

July 31, 2020

Patient-Centric Design

July 17, 2020

Accelerating Change through Evidence-Based Design

June 25, 2020

DHK Center Wins BD+C Building Team Award

May 20, 2020

AIA AAH Webinar: The Big 5 Healthcare Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future

April 07, 2020

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Celebrates Expansion Opening

March 06, 2020

David H. Koch Center Achieves LEED Gold

March 04, 2020

Philadelphia Business Journal Highlights Chester County Hospital Expansion

February 07, 2020

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center Wins Award of Merit

November 03, 2019

Louis Meilink Elevated to Fellow

October 28, 2019

Grand View Health Announces Expansion Plans

September 26, 2019

Groundbreaking of New CHOP Hospital

September 26, 2019

Healthcare Planning and Design’s “Big Five”

August 30, 2019

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center Wins European Healthcare Design Awards

June 21, 2019

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center Receives Top Award

June 17, 2019

European Healthcare Design Awards Recognize NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

June 01, 2019

NewYork-Presbyterian’s Imaging and Surgical Suite Provides First-of-its-Kind Clinical Care

May 31, 2019

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center featured on ArchDaily

April 17, 2019

“The Big Five” Healthcare Planning + Design Strategies

April 11, 2019

NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Center Cover Story in Healthcare Design

March 05, 2019

Lou Meilink

Louis Meilink Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

February 26, 2019

The Big 5: Healthcare Planning and Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future

January 02, 2019

Feel the Biophilia: Humanizing Healthcare Design

December 20, 2018

Texas A&M’s Health Industry Advisory Council Annual Meeting

October 25, 2018

Reading HealthPlex October Cover Story in Healthcare Design

October 16, 2018

Open-Door Planning for Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital’s Expansion

September 28, 2018

NewYork-Presbyterian Sets the Bar for Contemporary Hospital Design

September 21, 2018

NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center Featured in Metropolis

September 13, 2018

DHK@NYP interior

NYP’s David H. Koch Center named Best Healthcare Project of 2018 by ENR

August 14, 2018

The State of Population Health in the U.S.

June 27, 2018

Telemedicine and the Future of Disruption

June 26, 2018

NewYork-Presbyterian’s Operating Room of the Future featured in The Wall Street Journal

May 29, 2018

Ballinger Presents “How Do We As The Design Community Contribute To Population Health?”

April 27, 2018

Population Health and the Quadruple Aim

March 28, 2018

Cooper University Hospital Ballinger

Ballinger Projects Featured in Building Design + Construction

February 16, 2018

Award winners

Ballinger Recognized at the Design + Health 12th World Congress

July 15, 2017

Reading Hospital

Ballinger Presents at the Design + Health 12th World Congress

July 14, 2017

Post-Occupancy Research Exhibited at European Healthcare Design Congress and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange

June 20, 2017

Post-Occupancy Evaluation White Paper Published by the American College of Healthcare Architects

May 31, 2017

Clean Flow - Ballinger

Clean Flow: Fact or Fiction?

May 01, 2017

Chester County Hospital Lasko Tower Decentralized Station

Evaluating the Benefits of Decentralized Stations Beyond Patient Visibility

January 15, 2017

Ballinger Applies 3D Printing Technology as a Hands-On Tool for Streamlining Healthcare Design

November 14, 2016

The Evolving Quadruple Aim: Improving Public Health and the Importance of Place

November 11, 2016

PDC Summit 2016 - Ballinger

Ballinger Presents at PDC Summit 2016

March 24, 2016

Iconic Design and Clinical Excellence: You Can Have Both

November 18, 2015

Healthcare Facilities Symposium - Ballinger

Ballinger Presents at 2015 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

October 07, 2015

Academic Medical Centers - Ballinger

Ballinger Helps Academic Medical Centers Move Beyond State-of-the-Art to Anticipate the Road Ahead

October 06, 2015

LEED Gold - Ballinger

UMMC Shock Trauma Achieves LEED Gold

July 28, 2015

Health Facilities Management - Ballinger

Ballinger’s Research on Designing for Multiple Generations Published in Health Facilities Management

July 06, 2015

NYU Langone - Ballinger

Ballinger Senior Principals Lead Tradeline Session on Adaptive Reuse

October 06, 2014

View at night of hospital entrance with lobby and atrium artwork visible through glowing windows

Ballinger Healthcare Experts examine Evidence-Based Design in Pediatrics

November 19, 2013