Hui Cai
Associate Director| Institute of Health and Wellness Design

Associate Professor, Architecture, Ph.D.

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Marvin Hall, 418

Mahbub Rashid
Professor, Architecture, Ph.D.

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Marvin Hall, Room 405D

Kent F Spreckelmeyer
Professor, Architecture, D.Arch., FAIA

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Marvin Hall, Room 415

Frank Zilm
Chester Dean Lecturer on Healthcare Design, Architecture, D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA

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Marvin Hall, Room 200


Dave Brown, AIA - Dave Brown is a Director in the Global Construction practice at Navigant Consulting, focusing on the healthcare real estate segment.  He has an extensive healthcare architecture background, with more than 20 of his 40 years of industry experience, dedicated to healthcare design and construction.

Simon Bruce, RIBA, Senior Vice President and medical planner, SmithGroup JJR, San Francisco.  Mr. Bruce has extensive experience in master planning, including studies for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center, and studies for Kaiser Healthcare.

Sheila Cahnman, AIA, ACHA Vice President Healthcare Market Sector, AECOM, Chicago.  Ms. Cahnman recently serviced as a visiting scholar in the Architecture program.  She is a recognized national authority on inpatient care, publishing numerous articles and presenting at major conferences.  Sheila also has wide-ranging experience in master planning, programming and medical planning

Jody Crane, MD, MBA, is a practicing emergency physician and a recognized expert in the application of LEAN techniques to the planning and operations of emergency facilities.  In addition to his clinical work, Jody consults on operational improvements for emergency and other departments.  He is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Tennessee executive education program.

Professor Glendon Cox, MD, MBA, is Chair of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the Institute of Community and Public Health, at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  He has served as a Professor of Radiology and was also in private practice in the Kansas City area. Dr. Cox completed master’s degrees in both business administration and health services administration in 2004.

Susanne Siepl-Coates, is Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University.  Her teaching focuses on the exploration of the relationships between the built environment and human health/well being. Recently she has been teaching an architecture design studio on Creating Models for Sustainable Inter-Generational Living.

John Currie, FAIA,FACHA, is the author of the AIA publication  The Fourth Factor, a history of healthcare architecture. He is responsible for over 200 healthcare facilities across the United States and throughout the world, including Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His work ranges from community hospitals to academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and cancer care facilities.

Scott Easton, PE, is an architectural engineer with Affiliated Engineers, in Madison, Wisconsin.  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, with a BS in Architectural Engineering..  As Market Leader and Project Manager, Mr. Easton leads dynamic engineering systems design for a diverse collection of facility types including; healthcare, higher education, research and cultural environments.  His tenure at AEI also includes development and leadership of the firm’s internal lighting design studio, PIVOTAL™.

Robin Felder, Ph.D. Dr. Felder is Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, the former Director of the Medical Automation Research Center, and a Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. His affiliation with professional organizations included: Past President and Founder of the Association for Laboratory Automation and Founding Editor of its journal, Fellow of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research (a council of the American Heart Association), and a Fellow of the National Association for Clinical Biochemists.

Christine Guyott, FCSI, RD is a principal with the foodservice design consulting firm, Robert Rippe & Associates, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a registered dietician with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Christine is affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Association for Healthcare Foodservice and Foodservice Consultants Society International. Her work includes designing foodservice facilities for a wide range of hospital projects from acute care to academic medical centers throughout the United States.

John Kelly, RA, is a graduate of the KU architectural program.  He is one of the two founding partners for the firm of TKH in St. Louis.  John has served as a principal and as  a planner and / or designer for hundreds of projects for regional healthcare systems over the past 40 years.

Professor Robert Lee, PhD., teaches Health Care Economics, Strategic Management of Health Services, Quality Management, and Cost-Effectiveness and Medical Decision Analysis at the KU Health Policy and Management program. His current research is in the areas of long-term care and hospital quality. Dr. Lee’s text, “Economics for Healthcare Managers,” is a textbook utilized to educate the next generation of healthcare administrators.

Don McKahan, AIA, FACHA, Don is a health facility planner, architect and founder of McKahan Planning Group, located in Del Mar, California. His research on the future of healthcare facilities has been tapped by Adventist Health Services, Lakeland Health System, the JCAHO, and the Healthcare Forum Journal.

Corlett Orr, AIA, ACHA, is a board certified health care architect with over forty years of experience leading teams in facilities programming and planning. She has worked as both an in-house medical center architect and as a consultant to create processes and products that communicate the key facility issues and enable decision-making.  Corlett’ s projects have ranged from detailed departmental program analyses to multi-campus master plans; her clients have included academic medical centers, community hospitals and government agencies.

Jeff Pinkham, is a Project Design Manager at Steris Corporation.  He has extensive experience in the planning and design of central sterile services, cardiac catheterization laboratories, and other interventional services.

Barry Rabner, MPA, is President and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), a not-for-profit organization that includes University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton Rehabilitation Services, Princeton Home Care Services and Princeton Surgical Center. Before joining Princeton HealthCare System, he served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Line Health, Inc.

Bill Rostenberg, FAIA, FACHA, specializes in the design and planning of technologically complex healthcare facilities He is a principal in the San Francisco office of Stantec, Anshen + Allen. He has authored industry standards on medical imaging and ambulatory care and is a contributor and editorial advisor for various medical and architectural journals.

Curtis M. Skolnick, MHA, Managing Director, CBRE Healthcare.   Curtis, with 21-years of healthcare strategic and facility planning experience,  specializes in project leadership, strategic and facilities planning, client relations, and project visioning. His true expertise lies in project launch, Launch Gap Analysis, market modeling, integrated process planning, capacity analysis, strategic master facilities planning, operational and space programming, and team management.

Judy Smith, MPH, is a principal of Smith Hager Bajo, Judy, an experienced and recognized management consultant, facility planner, active lecturer, and strategist. She works exclusively with women and children’s health services. Her extensive experience includes completing approximately 900 women and children’s health care projects in the United States and internationally.  Judy is based in Washington, DC.

Tom Trenolone, AIA, is a Vice President and Design Principal and HDR Design Group. He attended graduate school at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning where he was an AIA National Merit Scholar and member of the acclaimed design-build entity Studio 804.  Tom has served as an architect/designer on numerous international and domestic commissions and has had the fortune to lead the design teams for the Hinoki-cho Performing Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan, the “Crystal Building” in the Zha Bei Market District, and the Shanghai China and USCE Center.

Alan Wilson, AIA, ACHA, is a principal at Wilson Healthcare Design Group, located in Chicago, Illinois. He has been instrumental in the master planning, programming and design of many nationally and internationally recognized hospitals and health-care facilities. He brings almost 40 years of expertise to complement our Health-Care service sector.