HMC Architects announced that Adeleh Nejati, AIA, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP, EDAC, has joined the firm’s healthcare practice to bolster its growth and expertise. Serving as healthcare planner and researcher, Nejati brings a wealth of industry-leading experience and a unique skillset rooted in advanced research, innovation, and genuine knowledge of healthcare clients’ key drivers and business challenges.

Located in HMC’s San Jose office, Nejati will be instrumental in serving and expanding the firm’s healthcare client base by integrating research into the design process and implementing evidence-based strategies into the design of healthcare facilities—creating high value and ROI for its clients.

“We are excited to welcome Adeleh as a valuable addition to our dedicated team,” said Kirk Rose, AIA, DBIA, healthcare practice leader. “Her strong healthcare design background, unique thought process, and ability to solve complex problems through research will be an undeniable asset to our clients and our thriving healthcare practice.”

Driven to enhancing the human experience in healthcare environments for patients, families and staff, Nejati received a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Miami University, Ohio, and a Doctorate in Healthcare Architecture from Texas A&M University. She has worked on a wide variety of healthcare projects from small renovations to mid- and large-sized hospitals.

Nejati shares HMC’s deep commitment to healthcare thought leadership. As a client’s trusted advisor, she has mastered the unique art of converting business strategy to design tactics and actions that deliver the best work possible.

Previously with architecture firms HKS and HOK respectively, Nejati served as healthcare planner and researcher on a variety of projects including Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, USC Norris Cancer Center, and a 1.5 million square-foot Cancer Hospital and Specialized Outpatient Clinic Facility in Hong Kong.

Nejati’s shared values of excellence and experience will enhance HMC’s large project leadership abilities and competitive position. She joins HMC at a time when the firm is capitalizing on significant opportunities in the healthcare sector. The firm was recently featured in a Healthcare Design magazine cover story for its work on Shunde Hospital of Southern Medical University—China’s first pilot green hospital—in Shunde, China, and is currently designing projects for some of the nation’s largest healthcare providers in northern and southern California, Oregon, and Arizona.