Bringing added experience, resources and infrastructure to grow the firm’s healthcare marketshare and position in region

HMC Architects announced that Tara Brown has joined the firm’s healthcare practice to bolster its growth and expertise in the southwestern region of the U.S.

For HMC clients, the move indicates considerable support towards the firm’s Phoenix office by bringing in a proven leader to boost the quality of its deliverables and project approach. Serving as principal-in-charge, Brown brings a wealth of industry-leading experience and a skillset rooted in strategic planning, leading big room project teams, and genuine knowledge of healthcare clients’ key drivers and business challenges.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tara as a valuable addition to our thriving healthcare practice in Phoenix,” said HMC President and CEO Brian Staton. “Her talent and experience in leading complex project teams will be invaluable to our clients as we expand our southwest presence as a top-level firm in Arizona.”

Located in HMC’s Phoenix office, Brown will be instrumental in serving and growing the firm’s healthcare client base through her leadership experience and intuitive understanding of the challenges healthcare clients face. As a client’s trusted advisor, she has mastered the unique art of converting business strategy to design tactics—delivering stellar work that supports her clients’ missions.

Driven to enhance the human experience in healthcare environments for patients, families, and staff after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Brown received a master’s degree in Architecture from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since then, she has worked on a wide variety of healthcare projects from small renovations to mid- and large-sized hospitals.

Previously with architecture firms Shepley Bulfinch, Devenney Group, and OWP/P (now CannonDesign), Brown managed a variety of projects in the Phoenix area including leading a design on an integrated project delivery team specifically for the vertical expansion of Mayo Clinic and the new HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing Medical Center, which opened in September 2020. Brown also served as campus architect for Banner Health where she led over 100 projects including several large expansions up to $90 million in project cost.

Brown joins HMC at a time when the firm is enjoying significant opportunities in the healthcare sector and taking important steps to invest in the future of its healthcare practice and overall position in the southwest. The firm’s current work with Banner Boswell in Sun City, Ariz. includes a new emergency department that opened in October 2020, and a 322,000 square-foot, six-story patient tower to accommodate growing patient needs and serve the Sun City community. HMC’s Phoenix studio is also currently designing projects for Banner Health at the Casa Grande and Chandler, Ariz. campuses, as well as projects for HonorHealth and Steward Health Care in the Phoenix area.

HMC Phoenix is a pioneer in integrated design, leading several Lean Construction Institute efforts locally. The firm last week was also awarded the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) National Award of Excellence in the Healthcare Facilities category for the new Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Patient Tower in Valencia, Calif.

In addition to project work, HMC’s healthcare team has been engaged in an ongoing investigative research effort to better understand the long-term effects of COVID-19. The firm is committed to sharing all of its research findings with the industry in a series of white papers that focus on five main areas of Technology, Adaptability and Flexibility, Regulatory/Budgetary/Institutional Impacts, Space Needs/Reduction and Restructuring, and Impact to Wellness/Mental Health as they relate to the healthcare market.

Last month HMC released a cancer care study, Design for Empathy: How the Environment Impacts a Cancer Patient’s Journey. The main objective of the report is to understand the cancer care journey by identifying opportunities to enhance patient experiences and to implement lessons learned into the firm’s cancer care facility design and delivery process.