Laura Poltronieri, AIA, has joined HOK’s global healthcare practice as a principal in the firm’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. With more than 35 years of experience, Poltronieri provides inclusive, humane design for healthcare facilities, with special expertise in healing environments for children, infants and new mothers.
In her previous role as founding principal of architecture and consulting firm Poltronieri Tang & Associates, Poltronieri served as principal for significant pediatric facilities across the U.S., including Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Inn at NIH, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
In addition to her project work, she has led numerous Institutional Review Board-approved Evidence-Based Design research studies in conjunction with leading academic medical centers. A member of the AIA Academy for Health, the Center for Health Design and the Environmental Design Research Association, Poltronieri is a prolific author and speaker on issues related to the planning and design of women’s and children’s healthcare facilities. Early in her career, Poltronieri was involved in original research that established and codified the recommendations and requirements encompassed in the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design. She graduated from the State University of New York University at Buffalo with a Master of Architecture degree.