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AHC Spring 2024: Opportunities and Challenges of Healthcare Delivery

What factors are at play when planning and designing healthcare delivery facilities in the urban environment today?

Join the Architecture for Health Committee (AHC) for the annual AHC Spring Conference, keynoted by the team from Harborview Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center for the 4-state region, highlighting their work on the Bond Capital Program. Their presentation will focus on the unique service provided by HMC, the relationship between King County, and the UW Medicine System and their upcoming Bond Program Developments.

A panel of hospital executives will have a moderated discussion on the realities of strategic capital deployment and project delivery in healthcare today and HDR will share design considerations focused on the caregiver. We will also hear presentations from Perkins & Will on the Swedish First Hill Tower, and SRG + Cannon Design will present a virtual tour of the UW Behavioral Health Teaching Facility.

COVID Safety/Accessibility: AIA Seattle strongly encourages masking to demonstrate community care. Our venue is fully accessible, with zero-step entry and an onsite accessible restroom. Please note in your registration if you would like to be contacted about specific accommodations to fully participate in the program, including but not limited to sign language interpretation.

This program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Architecture for Health Committee. Please contact Anthony Collins with any questions or concerns.


Friday, May 17, 2024
8:30am – 3:40pm | Conference + Virtual Tour – Hyatt at Olive 8 – 1635 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Map, Parking + Transportation

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*All sessions and speakers are subject to change.


Includes continuing education credit (6 LU/ HSW) + light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.

$150.00 AIA Member/Corporate Allied Partner (CAP)/Allied Member
$150.00 Government
$100.00 AIA Associate Member
$225.00 Non-Member
$60.00 Student/Emeritus

This program has sold out. Please contact Anthony Collins, Senior Coordinator of Member Engagement, if you are interested in being added to the waitlist.

Want to learn more about the reduced ticket rate and other benefits associated with membership? Visit our membership pages to learn more about the benefits of joining AIA Seattle.

There are four (4) scholarship/reduced rate slots available for this program. If interested, please contact Josh Kolberg by Thursday, May 2nd.


Sheila Cahnman, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, President, JumpGarden Consulting LLC | Sheila Cahnman is an ACHA Board Regent and President of JumpGarden Consulting, a WBE certified healthcare facility programming and planning practice, who has led design engagements for over 70 medical centers world-wide.  Sheila has presented at over 50 conferences and has published 45 articles on healthcare design issues. Sheila is on the Editorial Board of Healthcare Design Magazine and a reviewer for the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) journal.


Mike Denney, SVP, Chief Real Estate Officer, Providence Health & Services | As Chief Real Estate Officer, Mike leads Real Estate Strategy & Operations for the Providence portfolio of 52 hospitals and 1,330 clinics serving communities across 7 states. Primary responsibilities include Facilities Management, Environmental Services, Physical Security, Design & Planning, Construction Management, Transactions, Property Management, Lease Administration and Parking & Transportation.



Lori Epler, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, Principal, Senior Medical Planner, Cannon Design | With more than two decades of experience across a wide spectrum of healthcare design projects, Lori is a systems thinker who moves fluidly between big picture and small details to identify and solve her client’s biggest challenges. She has led many health and wellness clients through difficult decision-making processes, and has a proven track record of collaborating effectively within all types of delivery teams. While behavioral health projects are a particular focus for Lori, her expertise spans across strategic master planning, academic medical centers, critical access hospitals, outpatient centers, and hospital renovations – large and small.

Marie Henson, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Lean Black Belt, LEED AP® ID+C, Principal, Senior Medical Planner, Firmwide Healthcare Practice Leader, Perkins & Will |Marie is trained as Lean Black Belt and is a recognized leader, Interior Designer, and Medical Planner with over 22 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on healthcare projects. An advocate for the impact of the healthcare built environments, she has presented her work at the Healthcare Design Conference, the WSSHE Conference, and Architecture for Health Panel. Marie has led the Interior Design and Medical Planning for master planning projects, new construction, and a variety of complex renovations for clients that include Providence St. Joseph Health, Swedish Medical Center, CommonSpirit Health, and Kaiser Permanente. Marie will play a variety of leadership roles on any given project depending on relative scope, scale, and complexity of a given project. She brings a range of capabilities and skills including leadership, management, facilitation, medical planning, and interior design.

Charity Holmes, RN, MSN, MBA, CNML, PMH-BC, NEA-BC, Assistant Administrator Behavioral Health Services, University of Washington Medical Center | An accomplished Administrator of Behavioral Health Services with over 24 years of healthcare experience with expertise in Healthcare administration, Behavioral Health administration and program development, facility construction and retro-fit projects, and accreditation compliance.  Charity has been published in multiple national and international professional journals and been a speaker and presenter at multiple healthcare forums and conferences.  Charity is currently the past-president for the Washington chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), and on the board for NAMI-WA (National Alliance on Mental Illness – Washington State).  She leads program development, quality, compliance, and leadership teams to provide exceptional patient services that meet evolving community needs. With repeated success managing ambitious projects and programs, including designing and implementing Behavioral Health facilities, developing and implementing emergency protocols, process improvements, and operational changes. Charity’s leadership has resulted in service line growth, the launch of innovative new programs, and an unparalleled quality of care. In addition, she is able to leverage expertise in legal and regulatory requirements to ensure compliance, from leading site visits and accreditation surveys to advising hospital staff on complex compliance matters.

Rachel Jenner, Executive Director, Planning & Design, Providence Health & Services | Rachel Jenner is the Executive Director, Planning & Design for Providence Health & Services, currently focused on one of the largest healthcare projects in the country for Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill campus.  Prior to joining Providence, Rachel worked as a project manager and medical planner with NBBJ, Mahlum, KMD and AHL. She holds a degree in architecture from the University of Hawaii and has spent almost 20 years developing healthcare projects from pre-design through construction. Rachel has a passion for guiding complex groups through the planning and design process, facilitating consensus, and developing clear action plans. She comfortably acts as a liaison between architects, engineers, clinicians, executives, jurisdictions, and the communities they serve. Outside the office, Rachel is a volunteer with the National Charity League and formerly served as Associate Director for the AIA Pacific Northwest.

Bryan Maggio, Project Executive, Mortenson Construction | Bryan, a seasoned team leader with over 15 years of experience in construction management, is dedicated to creating healing environments. After earning his Bachelor of Science from Drexel University, he led projects in New York and Washington before joining Mortenson in 2017. Starting as a healthcare Market Executive, Bryan’s leadership quickly propelled him to Director of Business Development, where he shaped the strategic direction of the business. Now, as a Project Executive, Bryan focuses on delivering top-tier hospital projects. Beyond work, Bryan coaches lacrosse, serves on the executive committee for the American Heart Association, and volunteers with organizations like Rebuilding Together and NAIOP. He resides in Snoqualmie Valley with his family, enjoying outdoor activities when not renovating their home.

Mark Mariani, MD, VP of Surgery Centers and Chief Medical Officer, Retail Health, MultiCare Health System | Originally from Auburn, WA, Mark Mariani, MD has held various practice and leadership roles at MultiCare Health System for over 17 years.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Pacific Lutheran University, Medical School at the University of Washington, and an Executive MBA at Seattle University’s Albers School of Economics.  After medical school, he completed a residency in family medicine at Pomona Valley Hospital (Pomona, CA) and a primary care sports medicine fellowship at UC Berkeley/UC Davis.  He then returned to the Puget Sound to help build sports medicine at MultiCare and has held various leadership roles, including the past 6 years as the CMO for MultiCare’s Retail Health platform (includes the Indigo Urgent Cares and Occupational Medicine) and most recently Vice President MultiCare’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers.  Dr. Mariani also currently serves on the boards of several joint ventures, Tacoma Community College Foundations Board of Directors, and University of Washington’s Milgard School of Business, Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility Advisory Board.  His free time is spent with his wife Erika driving their three sons to their various sports events and then searching for a way to get a quick 18 holes of golf in before dark.

Eric Meub, AIA, LEED AP, Design Director, HDR Architects | Eric is an award winning, high-concept and high energy thought-leader, design-leader and practice-leader with a passion for the evolving missions of healthcare. He offers a background of forty-four years of architectural experience, which have been dedicated to master planning, medical planning and design of large, complex healthcare and academic projects. Has led design and/or master-planning for such world renowned Academic Medical Centers as Stanford University, UCSF and MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has led the design and planning for Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, the University of Kentucky as well as multiple large projects for Intermountain Healthcare and other healthcare systems.

Erik Mott, Assoc. AIA, NCARB, DBIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, Perkins & Will | Erik is a recognized design leader with over 30 years of experience conceiving projects focusing on meaningful placemaking and the transformative potential of design. Erik is a holistic-minded, creative thought leader and has demonstrated exceptional leadership as a design practitioner and engaged community advocate for design quality. His diverse portfolio includes planning and design for healthcare, science, technology, higher education, civic, commercial, and public art. His work has received numerous awards for design quality, and clients enjoy his thoughtful, creative, and collaborative approach.


Susan Suhar, IIDA, NCIQ, LEED AP, WELL AP, FITWEL, Interior Design Director, HDR Architects | As the West Region Interior Design Director, Susan helps leads the vision, strategy, and growth for HDR’s interiors practice. With over 25 years of experience, her leadership has fueled award-winning projects in Health, Workplace, and Life Science markets. Susan’s commitment to excellence ensures the consistent delivery of quality design, innovative solutions, and unparalleled client service. Passionate about sustainable and equitably designed environments, she strives to create spaces that inspire and contribute to overall occupant well-being. Susan’s expertise lies in weaving creativity and functionality, elevating HDR’s interiors practice to new heights in the pursuit of transformative design. She has presented seminars on Sensory Design, ESG & the Built Environment, and Interiors Commissioning and has also participated in multiple panel discussions on Healthcare Design, Sustainable Interiors, Future of Design and Fostering Emerging Leaders. Susan volunteers with industry organizations such as IIDA SoCal, where she is the VP of Professional Development and leads the IIDA Los Angeles Emerging Leaders program. She is on the NeoCon Program Advisory Committee and is on the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards committee.

Jennifer Taylor, AIA, Assoc. DBIA, LEED Green Associate,  Sr. Strategic Delivery Manager, HDR Architects | As a Sr. Strategic Delivery Manager at HDR, Jennifer specializes in leading large and complex alternative delivery projects. Her more than 25 years of experience includes four years at Oregon Health and Science University leading the Design and Construction Department. She is passionate about transforming project delivery to improve outcomes for all parties through building successful teams, collaboration, and innovation. Jennifer earned a Master’s in Architecture from Yale and is a licensed architect in Oregon. She is a member of the AIA Contract Documents Committee and serves on the DBIA Oregon Chapter Steering Committee. She recently completed the UC Davis certificate program, Advanced Studies in Estimating and Integrated Cost Management. Jennifer has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 15 years, is an avid backyard birder, and enjoys hiking and skiing with her family on the weekends.

Jeff West, Vice President of Facilities and Campus Operation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center | Jeff West (he, him, his) is Fred Hutch’s vice president of Facilities & Campus Operations. West manages and provides overall leadership for Fred Hutch operations in Facilities Planning& Administration, Facilities Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety and General Operational Services. West is responsible for developing, executing and monitoring strategic plans and programs in operational areas reporting into him. He also advises the chief operating officer on matters relating to all areas of the organization in support of
the business goals and mission of Fred Hutch.

Before coming to Fred Hutch in 2022, West was the vice president of Real Estate Strategy and Operations at Providence St. Joseph Health and oversaw the Real Estate, Facilities, Construction and Environmental Services departments in California. His work in real estate development and management has sent him up and down the West Coast, from Portland, where he brought the country’s first LEED Urban District online, to Southern California, where he integrated regional real estate and construction teams for Providence into the broader health system.

*Additional speakers to-be-announced. All speakers are subject to change.


  • Participants will learn about the opportunities and challenges when planning for large scale public health (local/county) facility investments.
  • Participants will learn about the complexity of planning and design for private/not-for-profit healthcare institutions in highly complex urban environments while managing the challenges and changes that Covid created.
  • Participants will learn about design considerations for caregivers.  Creating a supportive environment to help with high stress working conditions.
  • Participants will hear a panel discussion amongst leaders of urban healthcare institutions regarding strategic capital allocation and project delivery mechanisms.


The Hyatt at Olive 8 is offering a select number of discounted rooms for those attending the AHC Spring 2024 Conference! Enter offer code SEASOC at checkout here to receive 15% off the best available rate for rooms on 5/16.

Guests may see that there is a lower Member rate available. You are also welcome to book this with your World of Hyatt membership, however this specific rate does require a deposit payment at the time of booking. The discount code about does not require a deposit, only a credit card to guarantee the reservation.

For questions related to hotel accommodations, please contact the Hyatt at Olive 8.


 EBD ServicesSellen Construction | Stantec
Aldrich + Associates | Coughlin Porter Lundeen | GLY Construction | Hoffman Construction Co.
Lease Crutcher LewisP2S Inc.| PCS Structural Solutions | Säzän Group, Inc. | UMC, Inc.
Andersen Construction Company of Washington | BNBuilders | Jensen Hughes | PAE


Join the Architecture for Health Committee!

The Architecture for Health Committee (AHC) is a Pacific Northwest committee of individuals who are interested in healthcare architecture and the effort to improve the quality of planning, operation, design and construction of health care facilities. The diverse membership brings together architects and related disciplines interested in the development and practice of design excellence three times per year for a day of sessions and tours.

AHC Board Co-Chairs:
Josh Kolberg AIA
Jim Wolch AIA

Check out AIA Seattle’s other Professional and Member Committees to participate in programs, events, and forward-thinking conversations.

Program, Registration, or Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Senior Coordinator of Member Engagement  Anthony Collins.

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Development Manager Zee Mars.


May 17
8:30 am - 3:40 pm
Event Price
$60 - $225
Class Credit
6 LU , HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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