Sheila Elijah-Barnwell | Trustee
Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, EDACC
Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, is a 23-year veteran of the healthcare design field, with extensive experience as a project designer, medical planner, project manager, and researcher. In all, she has worked on more than 50 healthcare projects and master plans, ranging from small community facilities to larger academic hospitals. She is licensed in Nebraska and Florida.
Dr. Elijah-Barnwell initiated and led the research program at HDR for 6 years focusing on the impacts of the built environment on human behavioral and health outcomes while building standardized tools for use in existing facility assessment and post occupancy evaluation. She is an active contributor to the healthcare design industry through peer-reviewed articles, white papers, presentations, and serving on the Editorial Review Board for HERD Journal. Sheila has also facilitated and taught graduate-level research design studios with a focus on Healthcare at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2008. Her passion for maintaining a dialogue between practice and higher education about the topic of design for health and healthcare has led her to support a similar design studio offering at Iowa State University. She is a frequent guest lecturer and studio critic at many institutions including the University of Miami and the University of Minnesota. Sheila has served on several advisory boards including her current position with Kansas State University, College of Architecture, IAPD professional Advisory Board.
Charles H. Griffin | President, AAH Liaison
FAIA, FACHA, EDAC
Charles Griffin is a Senior Principal and Studio Leader at WHR Architects. Since joining WHR 26 years ago, Charles has worked on over $1 billion of healthcare projects. Of particular note, he was the project manager for the Jersey Shore University Medical Center expansion project, for Meridian Health in New Jersey, which has garnered “First Place for Projects over 40,000 Square Meters” from the International Academy for Design and Health; a Certificate of Merit from the Center for Health Design; and LEED Gold Certification from USGBC, and the firms’ first Pebble Project.
With more than thirty years of experience, Charles is a registered architect in 11 states and Washington DC as well as Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. He is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect and EDAC-certified. Charles is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects. He is also a member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), Texas Society of Architects, AIA Houston Chapter, American Society for Hospital Engineering (ASHE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Construction Industry Council (CIC). Charles has held several leadership positions within these organizations-serving as a past President of the Construction Industry Council as well as Chairman of the Codes and Standards Committee for both AIA Houston and Texas Society of Architects. Charles is currently serving a three-year term as a Board member of the Academy for Architecture for Health where his responsibilities include oversight of the Conferences and Events Committee and the Codes and Standards Committee. Charles was recently added to the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation Board (AAHF).
Jill Bergman | Trustee
AIA, ACHA, LEED AP
Jill is a Principal at HDR, and a leader in healthcare facility design. Jill holds her architecture licensed in California and is an ACHA board certified healthcare architect; and that is a good thing because she tried and failed at a career in standup comedy. Her background is all healthcare projects, mostly large firms, mostly large projects, mostly medical planning. She attended Clemson University for both her BA in Design and M.Arch, Architecture + Health program.
An experienced facilitator, Jill is well versed in leading workshops of all sizes, integrating teams and managing group dynamics. She believes architectural design is a team sport; that hospitals are small magical cities; a short, well-run meeting is a thing of beauty; and the intersection of data and buildings will grow exponentially in the next few years.
In her past, she has taught residencies with the bay area LEAP Architects in School program, served on the AIA San Francisco Board of Directors, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health National Board of Directors, chaired the Scholarships and Fellowships Committee for the AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health, has spoken at a wide variety of healthcare professional conferences, and won 3rd place in an NYC MOTH Story Slam.
Thomas E. Harvey, Jr. | Trustee
FAIA, FACHA, MPH, LEED® AP
Tom Harvey has over three decades of experience in planning and design of healthcare facilities, all of which has been aimed at a continuous focus on improvement of design for healthcare. Beginning as a healthcare consultant, Tom engaged in strategic and operational planning, functional and space programming, master planning and feasibility studies, and in design consulting to architectural firms. As a Partner and Senior Vice President of HKS Inc., a Tier One international healthcare design firm, he now directs the Clinical Solutions & Research Group of HKS, which has afforded him a profound opportunity to affect, and learn from, an extensive array of projects and healthcare clients. This group is leading the design industry in developing credible evidence regarding the built environment for healthcare.
Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas-Arlington School of Architecture, and he holds dual Master degrees in Architecture with Healthcare Specialization from Rice University and in Public Health from the University of Texas-Houston. He continues to contribute to the academic community of architecture as a Professor for Healthcare Design at the University of Texas-Arlington, and as a researcher with HKS Inc. Tom is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects, serving as the Chairman of the Exam Development Committee for this national organization. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and an active member of the Academy of Architecture for Health, the Environmental Design Research Association, the Center for Health Design and the American College of Healthcare Consultants. Committed to sustainability in healthcare design, Tom is a LEED-accredited design professional. As a President of the Center for Advanced Design and Research & Evaluation (CADRE), Tom frequently reports on findings at national healthcare design programs and he writes in both clinical and peer-reviewed research journals on topics associated with the improvement of our understanding of how design impacts users in the healthcare setting.
Scott H. Miller | Treasurer
Mr. Miller is a nationally recognized leader in the architectural profession with more than 30 years of experience in the planning and design of healthcare architecture. With his healthcare facility planning and design experience, Mr. Miller has designed and led teams across a broad spectrum of healthcare projects ranging from doctor suites to multi-million dollar replacement hospitals. His responsibilities have regularly provided him direct on-site exposure to state-of-the-art healthcare delivery systems and facilities throughout the country. He has served as president and board member of national Healthcare organizations, a design juror on national competitions, a planning member of national conferences and is currently serving as an AIA/AAH liaison to the Healthcare Guidelines which is used in 44 states as the code for Healthcare design.
Roger B. Call | Secretary
AIA, ACHA, LEED ® AP
Mr. Call is a registered architect and is currently Director, Healthcare Architecture + Design, for Herman Miller. He is responsible for guiding the strategic direction for the healthcare architecture and design initiatives. During his previous 24 years with Herman Miller, he has had responsibilities for healthcare marketing and for directing research for all areas within the healthcare environment.
Prior to joining Herman Miller in 1985, Mr. Call was employed in private architectural practice with CRS of Houston, HOK of St. Louis, and The Architects Collaborative of Cambridge, MA. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University and a Master of Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Academy of Architecture for Health, where he serves on the board of directors, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is a LEED Accredited Professional by the U. S. Green Building Council. Mr. Call is board certified in healthcare design by the American College of Healthcare Architects and serves as a Research Coalition member of the Coalition for Health Environments Research, which is a part of the Center for Health Design.
Erin Peavey | Trustee
M. Arch, LEED AP, Associate AIA
Erin Peavey is a Researcher + Medical Planner at HOK in New York. In addition to her research and medical planning at HOK, her research is published in international scientific journals and industry publications and presented at several national conferences.
Ms. Peavey is an active contributor to the healthcare and design research communities. She founded and chaired the Austin Chapter of the AIA’s Architecture for Health Committee. She serves on the Research Committee for the Academy of Architecture for Health and on the steering committee for the AIA New York Health Facilities Committee. Ms. Peavey is a member of the EDRA Placemaker Accreditation Committee, which focuses on design research. She is on the Advisory Council of the Center for Health Design’s RIPPLE project. In addition, Ms. Peavey is a member of the faculty at New York School of Interior Design’s Graduate Program in Healthcare Interior Design.
She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design, with honors and a Master of Architecture, with a Certificate in Health Systems and Design, from Texas A&M University. While pursuing her master’s degree, she received the AIA Henry Adams Certificate for excellence in architecture.
Ms. Peavey was awarded the AIA-AAH Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Healthcare Design and Planning, and the David G. Puckett Healthcare Architecture Prize, for her work on interdisciplinary communication in healthcare facilities. Her areas of focus include healthcare facility design, applied psychology, healthcare communication, and integrating research in design practice.
H. Ralph Hawkins | Trustee
FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP
Ralph Hawkins as Chairman Emeritus is responsible to the Board of Directors of HKS, Inc. He has specialized in the program development, functional planning and design of over $1 billion of facilities consisting of over 40 million square feet. He served as chairman, president and CEO for 12 years prior to becoming chairman.
He has been recognized with a number of awards such as the National American Business Awards Best Executive for a Professional Service Firm in 2007 and the 2006 Professional Services Management Journal CEO of the Year in the Large Firm category. In 2014, Ralph received the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award in Dallas. In 2015, he was appointed to the Order of St. John by the Queen of England and Duke of Glouster. HKS has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” including national, state and local over the past several years under his leadership. A Fortune magazine survey listed him in the top 25 Best Bosses in 2005. He also received the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his 41 years of experience, Ralph has participated in a variety of planning and design projects. He has been responsible for the development of innovative architectural settings. In addition, he has contributed to a number of publications through articles and speaking regarding urban planning, strategic planning, codes & standards and design leadership.
He was elected to the AIA College of Fellows. He served as a board member of the William Ward Watkin Society at Rice University, past-president of an AIA Academy, and Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. He was a founding board member and elected to the Council of Fellows of American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). He is currently a nominee for ACHA Life Time Achievement Award. Ralph is the 2014 Chair of the Dallas Regional Chamber and a foundation board member of the United Way. He recently was appointed to the St. John’s Priory by Her Majesty the Queen of England. He is also chairman of the AIA Large Firm Round Table for 2014-2015 and a Chair-Elect of the Construction Industry Round Table 2014-2016. He has serves as chair of the University of Texas at Arlington Development Board and on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Executive Committee. Ralph is also a past board member of The Arts Community Alliance of Dallas.
David Allison | Trustee
FAIA, FACHA, NCARB
Alumni Distinguished Professor, and
Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health
School of Architecture, Clemson University
David Allison FAIA, FACHA is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and has been the Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health [A+H] at Clemson University since 1990. The A+H program at Clemson is nationally recognized for the quality of its focused curriculum and consistent emphasis on design excellence within the discipline of healthcare architecture. It is committed to the integration of innovative design with academic scholarship and research in healthy community planning and design and healthcare environments, and it has won numerous national awards for its work, and the work of its students, under David Allison’s direction.
Professor Allison is a registered architect in California, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and is NCARB certified. His scholarly focus is centered on healthy community planning and design, design prototyping and research related to health care environments. He has served on numerous national health environments design award juries and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects and the Coalition for Health Environments Research. He is also an active member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health where he served a three-year term as an AIA/AAH National Advisory Board member. He was selected in 2007 as one of “Twenty Making a Difference” nationally by Healthcare Design Magazine and identified again in 2009, 2010 and 2012 by a national poll conducted by the magazine as “one of the most influential people in healthcare design.” Design Intelligence Magazine named him one of the nation’s 30 Most Admired Design Educators in 2013-14.
Vincent Della Donna | Trustee
Vincent Della Donna, AIA, ACHA, is the director of healthcare services for Gannett Fleming Architects and Engineers, an architectural and engineering firm with a regional office in South Plainfield, N.J., and corporate headquarters located in Harrisburg, Pa., with a global network of 60 offices.
Mr. Della Donna has the unique ability to understand Gannett Fleming’s healthcare clients’ needs, having spent the majority of his professional career as a client representative. In his leadership of healthcare services, and of specific projects, Mr. Della Donna continues to act as an advocate for professional services that are deeply responsive to client needs.
He has three decades of experience, with a concentration in healthcare for more than twenty years. He maintains active membership with the American Institute of Architects, the Academy of Architecture for Health, and the American Hospital Association and is certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects.
George W. Godfrey Jr | Trustee
George serves as the Director, Government Accounts, STERIS Corp. He has over 40 years of healthcare experience in the clinical setting, consulting, sales, and project management both domestically and internationally. He graduated with honors from Western Carolina University – Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) and Troy State University – Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. He has over 20 years experience in the operating room and sterile processing in a wide variety of facilities both civilian and military, including military field surgical settings to large level one trauma centers. He is also a retired US Air Force Officer (Major). George has served on the AIA/AHA Student Design Charrette as judge and vendor advisory.