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Shary Adams Joins HGA As Healthcare Principal in Washington, D.C.

HGA is pleased to welcome Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, as Associate Vice President and Principal in Washington, D.C.

Adams will lead integrated team processes and client relations in the Healthcare practice serving major healthcare organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

“HGA is a national leader in healthcare planning and design,” Adams said. “This is an exciting time to join the firm as the healthcare industry continues to explore new ways to deliver superior patient care. I look forward to building upon the firm’s existing strengths and adding new resources to meet the growing opportunities within the industry.”

Adams has more than 30 years of architecture experience specializing in healthcare planning and design. Throughout her career, she has partnered with clinicians, administrators, patients, and community members to gather in-depth industry knowledge and plan design solutions that promote exceptional patient care.

One of her focuses is in the continuum of care for those suffering from mental health. Within academic medical centers, federal hospitals, and community facilities, she has planned and designed safe emergency department crisis, inpatient, and outpatient facilities. Her clients have included The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and MedStar Health.

Her work also includes surgery centers, ambulatory care centers, and medical center master plans for leading healthcare providers.

“HGA continues to build its healthcare expertise with important new team members throughout our 11 national offices in key markets,” said Kurt Spiering, FAIA, Vice President and Principal of the Healthcare Market Sector. “We are excited to welcome Shary as she contributes leadership expertise that will benefit our clients.”

Adams frequently speaks at national conferences, including upcoming programs on “Behavioral Health—Strategic Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line” and “Design for the Aging Mind—Solution for Every Setting” at the Center for Health Design, September 18 and 19, and “The Future of Mental Health Inpatients: Designing for Medical/Mental Comorbidity,” with HGA colleagues Kara Freihoefer and Terri Zborowsky at Healthcare Design Expo + Conference, November 4.

Before joining HGA, Adams was a Principal with SmithGroup. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto.