SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has named Mark Patterson, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, as leader of its Health Practice. He succeeds Jim Hannon, who transitions back into practice as a senior strategic health planner at the firm’s San Francisco office.
In his new role, Patterson heads the firm’s international practice devoted to the design of health facilities, ranging from some of the world’s most technically advanced hospitals and specialty centers to cost-effective community clinics and those providing post-acute care.
Patterson spent the past decade leading the firm’s Health Studio at its Phoenix office. He is a recognized expert in acute care facilities as well as ambulatory care facilities, one of the fastest growing building types in healthcare today.
Among the SmithGroupJJR projects Patterson is presently leading is the Las Vegas Medical District Master Plan, a 15-year, 674-acre development and expansion plan encompassing existing major health institutions such as the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC) and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is also leading the firm’s $90 million renovation and expansion of Craig Hospital, Englewood, Colorado, a top ranked rehabilitation hospital specializing in the treatment of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Other noteworthy clients for Patterson include Banner Health Corporation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Patterson is accredited by the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) and serves on its Next Practices Committee. Additionally, he earned his Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from the Center for Health Design and is a member of the organization’s Research Coalition.
A long-time member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Patterson’s involvement has spanned both the national and chapter levels. He is a member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Research Committee, and in 2014 served as a juror for the AIA National Health Design Awards program. He is a past president of the AIA Arizona and AIA Central Arizona chapters.
Patterson earned a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and is a native of McHenry, Illinois. He now resides in Phoenix, Arizona.