December 18, 2013

Simon Thomas is passionate about providing his international clients with creative healthcare planning solutions while interweaving unique cultural and practice distinctions.

He recently joined HKS as vice president and healthcare director for the Middle East and North Africa. Thomas has more than 20 years of professional experience focused entirely on healthcare planning and design. He provides practice leadership and client relationship management for projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Simon brings years of experience in planning and designing healthcare facilities all over the world,”’ said Craig Beale, FAIA, FACHA, executive vice president/director of healthcare, HKS, Inc. “HKS has been active in those regions for nearly a decade, having designed King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, and Danat al Emarat Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Simon will continue to broaden and deepen our commitment and resources in the area. He also will further our collaboration with our offices in the United Kingdom and India.”

Prior to joining HKS, Thomas led an international healthcare practice in India. His expertise includes master planning and strategic planning; benchmarking and vision/concept planning; development of functional and space programs; planning presentations to owners and executive boards; leading planning teams in user group meetings; and production of all necessary documentation.

Thomas has worked on a wide range of significant international projects including Sengkang Hospital in Sengkang, Singapore; Health Park in Bangalore, India; Women and Children’s Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Matibabu Clinic and Hospital in Ugenya, Kenya. In the United States, his portfolio includes work with Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the University of New Mexico.

“I’m always amazed to see the positive effects of hospital construction throughout the world,” said Thomas. “It impacts communities in the most extreme ways. It changes lives and gives people options they didn’t have before. It also serves as the cornerstone of countries – on the heels of education. The international communities continue to make huge leaps in terms of quality of care and quality of facilities. I see this only  intensifying in the coming years.”

He received a Master of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.  

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