Nanda and Evans in Top 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design

February 6, 2015

Each year, Healthcare Design recognizes the most influential people in healthcare over the past year. Of the 10 recipients, two are from HKS – Upali Nanda and Jennie Evans.

The third annual HCD 10, sponsored by Healthcare Design, honors a group of individuals and organizations that made a significant mark on the healthcare design landscape over the past year. Included are 10 categories, covering a range of professions, as a way to focus attention on the value and necessity of different perspectives coming together when it’s time to turn a healthcare vision into a building, or a room, or a campus, according to the magazine.

The list is a veritable who’s who of the healthcare design industry, from architects and interior designers to academics and researchers.

Named in the research category, Upali Nanda, PhD, Associate AIA, EDAC is vice president and director of research for HKS, Inc. as well as executive director of the Center for Advanced Design Research and Education (CADRE). Read about Nanda.

Recognized in the association/foundation executive category, Jennie Evans, RN, BS, EDAC, Lean Six Sigma CE, LEED AP, is the 2013-2014 president of the Nursing Institute of Healthcare Design (NIHD). She is also an associate principal/lean operations specialist and programmer with HKS. Read about Evans.

In addition to being featured in the magazine, the winners will be honored at the next Healthcare Design Conference held in November 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 26 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 2,000 unique projects representing 80,000 beds and 184 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at

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