The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Public Awareness Committee Presents Healthcare Design in a Post-Pandemic World

October 28, 2020

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The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Public Awareness Committee Presents Healthcare Design in a Post-Pandemic World

November 5, 12:30 – 1:30 PM


Presenters: Ben Lee, AIA, ACHA, ASHE, PP, LEED AP; Hollis Madara, AIA, RN, ACC; and Donna Terzano, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Click HERE to register for the webinar. 


Course Description: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has risked the public’s health and safety in buildings across the US and beyond. This program is intended to provide design professionals, employers, building owners, facility managers, and the public with tools and resources for reducing risk when re-occupying buildings during the pandemic and in developing safer buildings in the future. Expert panelists include award-winning, registered architects who specialize in healthcare design, registered architects who run healthcare facilities, and registered architects who are also registered, medical professionals. The panel will share strategies based on emerging science, infectious disease transmission data, epidemiological models, and research. Program content will provide processes and strategies for protecting the health and safety of the public while resuming services.  The program will address changes to healthcare buildings’ form and function to better protect occupants from the spread of pathogens. 

This course has been approved for 1 LU/HSW

Learning Objectives:

  1. Holistic health considerations in the integration of architecture, planning, interior design, infrastructure, technology, and administration, post-pandemic, to improve the physical, emotional, and social well-being of occupants, users, and any others affected by healthcare buildings and sites. 
  2. Recommendations for accommodating physical distancing practices, post-pandemic, to protect occupants and users of healthcare buildings or sites from harm. 
  3. Strategies for reducing the spread of pathogens in healthcare buildings, post-pandemic, to protect occupants and users of healthcare buildings or sites from harm. 
  4. Concepts that will promote mental, emotional, and social well-being of occupants, users, and any others using healthcare buildings and sites, post-pandemic. 

Forum Objectives:

  1. We have a national crisis in Public Health.
  2. Covid-19 requires the need to create additional bed capacity to meet the demand of pandemic.
  3. How to deliver services and how to process the patients through the health care system.
  4. The failure of nursing home facilities ill-equipped and untrained to cope with the pandemic.
  5. Identify new design solution to address future cases
  6. Adoption of virtual health and telemedicine for physical diagnosis and mental health patients.
  7. Population health and community readiness.

About our Presenters:


Managing Principal at NK Architects with MS in Management and Bachelor of Architecture. He is a Board-Certified Healthcare Architect in charge of NK Health Care sector for the past 30 years.

Ben is a Registered Architect in 25 states and DC, with major healthcare projects throughout the country. He is an ACHA Board Certified Healthcare Architect and a USBGC LEED accredited professional. Currently, he is an advocate for Health & Wellness in the built environment and improving Population Health.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architects for Health.

Past President, AIA New Jersey Society of Architects

Past President, Architects League of Northern NJ

Member, American Society of Hospital Engineers, American Hospital Association

Member, American College of Healthcare Architects

Healthcare Facilities Management Society of New Jersey


Hollis Madara, AIA, RN, ACC

Holly is the Practice Leader for Health at HDR’s Princeton, New Jersey Office, an Architecture & Engineering Firm.  Holly has the unique vantage point of being both a Registered Nurse and a Registered Architect. She has spent her last 33 years working alternatively in both capacities for large architecture firms and health care providers.  

Between her bedside and executive nursing positions, Holly has gained a depth and breadth of experience that has allowed her to understand operations first hand.  A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Holly was also the Project Director of Operations Improvement working in tandem with clinical staff as well as physicians to streamline and design processes for both new and existing services.  This skill set added much value to her most recent position as the Service Line Administrator for Cardiology at a local Community Hospital and Trauma Center before joining HDR. 

Holly is a graduate of both Temple University and Thomas Jefferson University, both located in the city of Philadelphia.


Donna Terzano, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

With over two decades of experience, Donna has had various roles in different project types and complexities. Her career has focused on healthcare since 2008 through the planning, design, coordination, and construction of new hospitals, expansions, and renovations.

Fostering a collaborative team and having strong professional relationships are very important to her. She earns the trust of her colleagues through her management approach and ability to multi-task while remaining highly organized with attention to detail. Donna is a hands-on Project Manager with RWJBarnabas Health focused on developing solutions that achieve project goals in an efficient manner as well as remaining thoughtful of budget, schedule and design.

Throughout her career, she has been active in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central New Jersey, the Healthcare Facilities Management Society of NJ (HFMSNJ), and has dedicated personal time to mentoring emerging professionals.  This includes being a Team Leader for the nationally recognized ACE Mentor Program, speaking at career days, and coordinating various Professional Development Programs.  

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