August 27, 2014

Jim Lennon, AIA, – who has developed an international reputation as an emergency department design specialist – joins HKS as an associate principal/senior vice president of Team ED.

One of Lennon’s claims to fame is that he has designed more emergency departments (EDs) than any one individual in the United States. His goal: to render obsolescent practices obsolete in EDs all over the world. After having spent more than 1,000 hours in EDs observing patient and staff flow and studying more than 2,000 ED charts, he knows his craft.

Lennon is a nationally board-certified, registered architect and is a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects. He has designed or planned more than $700 million of healthcare facilities. He also has consulted with hospitals nationwide including Stanford Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, University of California at San Diego Medical Center and more than 30 other healthcare institutions.

He speaks frequently on the subject of healthcare design and computer technology both nationally and internationally. He participated in the first web-based symposium sponsored by the AIA. He is a senior faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Design/Harvard School of Medicine, Executive Education Program: “The ED of the Future.”

He recently spoke at the National Symposium on Healthcare Design in Las Vegas; the National Healthcare Design Convention in Tokyo; the Emirates Emergency Medicine Conference in Dubai; and was a co-director of “Designing the Smartest ED” in Cambridge, England. Recently Lennon received the only award ever given by the AIA for innovation in healthcare design, and the British National Health System has adopted many of his design concepts in their guidelines for the design of future emergency departments.

He has been published in Digital Architect-Japan, Architectural Record, USA TODAY, Journal of Oncology Management, Annals of Emergency Medicine and the Journal of Healthcare Design.

He is a certified software developer for Apple Computer and is familiar with several computer languages including C++, Basic and LISP. He created specific computer applications aimed at the simulation and staffing efficiency of emergency departments using discrete event simulation technology.

Lennon holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and received a Master’s of Science, with a specialty in healthcare architecture at the University of California at Los Angeles.

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 27 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.

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