MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – AECOM has bolstered its healthcare design leadership team with the addition of Sheila Cahnman, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, as vice president, healthcare market sector leader, based in AECOM’s Chicago, Ill. and Minneapolis, Minn. offices. Sheila will be a key member of the healthcare leadership team, responsible for development, strategy and growth of AECOM’s distinguished design practice both nationally and internationally, furthering its reputation as a healthcare industry giant in innovative, client responsive planning and design.
AECOM has had a healthcare architecture presence in the Midwest for more than 100 years, serving such clients as the Mayo Clinic, University of Kentucky, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Park Nicollet Health Services and healthcare providers throughout the Middle East and Asia. AECOM’s suite of healthcare capabilities is diverse and includes planning, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, program, cost and construction management.
“I’m excited to lead such a rich area of practice, both in terms of its history and cross-disciplinary expertise,” said Cahnman. “We can provide immense value to clients by delivering the whole project with a commitment to optimizing healthcare operations, improving the patient experience and providing connections to the community.”
In addition to more than 30 years of healthcare project experience, she has presented at numerous conferences and symposiums regarding the future of healthcare design and published articles focusing on the current trends and issues facing healthcare today.
“Sheila is an industry leader and shares our values of improving the patient, family and staff experience through the development of healthcare environments that are operationally efficient, safe and life enhancing,” said John Hicks, AECOM director of global healthcare. “We are delighted to welcome her to our team.”
Cahnman earned a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Design from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a former president of Chicago Women in Architecture.