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Education: College of Architecture,1980 University of North Carolina,Charlotte, North Carolina

Affiliations: AIA and NCARB


  • Chicago Hospital News “The Business Case for Well Designed Healthcare Buildings” 
  • Southeastern Real Estate News “Trends in Industrial Development”
  • Building Design & Construction “Hotel Segments Reach New Markets” 

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Trends in Healthcare” at Twin County Regional Healthcare “
  • Capital in the Healthcare Market” with Tradelines at Duke University “
  • Healthcare Facilities for a Changing World” with the Healthcare Financial Managers Association in Washington, D.C.

Languages: Fluent Spanish



What follows is a personal career history of over 30 years’ selected projects.



Hillshire Corporate Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

Developer: Sterling Bay


270,000 sf corporate headquarters building in downtown Chicago. Complete gut and reconstruction on a highly accelerated schedule.  From start design the project team had only 12 months to design, permit, build and occupy the rebuilt building.   A totally new skin over existing 1946 concrete structure.


111 N Canal St

Chicago, Illinois

Developer: Sterling Bay


16-story, 860,000 sf concrete loft office building located in the West Loop of Chicago's business district. Beginning in early 2013, design was started on the renovations which include a newly designed lobby and retail level, rooftop amenity rooms and outdoor space, improved tenant common areas and updated building systems. 



Loyola Ambulatory Center

Burr Ridge, Illinois

Developer: Sterling Bay


105,000 sf  Ambulatory Care Center, developed by Sterling Bay for Loyola University Medicine includes primary and specialty practice groups such as, ENT Specialty Clinics, Rehabilitation Services, Imaging, Sleep Lab, and general medical office suites. Loyola University Medical Center occupies the entire building with their primary care and specialty care clinics and outpatient rehabilitation and imaging services.


St. Luke’s Medical Center

Medical Office Building

Phoenix, Arizona


60,000sf on-campus medical office building and associated tenant suite build-outs.  Innovative planning to persuade the City of Phoenix to close a street so that this new building became the front door of an older medical center.  Build outs included clinics, offices and school of nursing


OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Ambulatory Care Center

Rock Cut Crossing, IL


100,000 sf Medical Office Building with urgent care, full imaging, and physician offices. This distinctive building is the flag in the ground of a 30-acre master planned site, setting architectural standards for future development on the site.


Rush Oak Park Hospital Medical Office Building

Oak Park, Illinois

Developer: Healthcare Development Partners


140,000 sf 5-story, medical office building including core and shell as well as tenant improvements. As the first new construction project in this established neighborhood since 1978 the project proceeded after a series of sensitive public planning hearings. This challenge was coupled with the need to mix in-patient and out-patient functions to the adjacent bed tower.


Phelps County Regional Medical Center

Ambulatory Care Center

Rolla, Missouri


132,000 sf ambulatory care center was developed as the new outpatient portal on this existing and well-established campus.  The building has a connecting link back to the main inpatient hospital building.  This link and associated parking expansion establishes the north side of the campus as the front door and branded image for the medical center.


Silver Cross Health Center

Homer Glen MOB

Freestanding Emergency & Imaging Center

30,300sf replacement of an existing 7,500 sf Medical Office Building with a larger Medical Office Building The project includes phased construction of the new facility and relocation of the existing physician practices so as to limit any lost time to the practices.  The new two-story facility has a Freestanding ED, Diagnostic Imaging Center and 14,000 sf of general practice physician suites.


DuPage Medical Group

Medical Office Building

Wheaton, IL


40,000 sf Medical office building which served as prototype for future buildings.  3 floors on constricted downtown site included primary care, walk-in care, imaging center and complementary services.


University of Chicago Hospitals

Comer Children’s Hospital

Chicago, Illinois Managing

Principal in Charge

Comer I, 242,000 sf , began commission and started project at a national firm with oversight of design then later finished project as architect managing team monitoring construction administration of this children’s hospital. Comer Children's Hospital was designed to provide the most advanced care for children in a family-centered environment



Retail and Town Centre

Hastings, England


Planned retail center on the grounds of the town’s central cricket pitch.  Negotiated with the Crown’s Estate Commissioners for entitlement of land that was located at the base of the oldest Roman ruin in Britain.  Plan was the basis of revitalizing the 18th and 19th Century seaside town.  Owned by Speyhawk Development.



Chateau Mirival

Hotel & Golf Resort

Burgundy, France


Conversion of existing estate and vineyards to a golf resort where the vineyards remained along the golf links and the home was restored and renovated as hotel, club house and restaurant.  Owned by U.S. and British development consortium investing in the post Thatcher real estate boom.


Guest Quarters Development Corporation

Luxury All-Suites Hotel

Charlotte, NC

Project Manager

230 suite hotel for the operator that pioneered the all-suite hotel concept.  Full service destination hotel with conference center, private wine and library collection.  Responsible for design inception through occupancy.


Marriott Capri Hotel

Rockville, Maryland

Project Manager

129 room business travel hotel.  Early example of specialty sector hotels for business travel.  Required rezoning in an area with strict entitlement /development policies and architectural controls in place.  Negotiated construction contract helped with schedule burden.



Assisted Living and Memory Care

333 W Cork St.

Winchester, VA

60,000 sf Renovation of patient tower near historic town center to include 1 floor of memory care and 2 floors of Assisted Living.  All amenities were located on first of 7 floors.  Challenging repurposing of older inpatient building.