Abbie Clary, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, has joined CannonDesign as a Principal and Director of the firm’s health practice. Widely recognized for her ability to help clients design for the future of healthcare, Abbie will support the growth and development of CannonDesign’s global health practice — focusing specifically on market differentiation, business growth and client engagement. Based in Chicago, Abbie will also directly lead the firm’s 65-person Chicago health practice.
“Without question, Abbie is one of the most respected leaders in the healthcare design industry,” said Mike Pukszta, CannonDesign’s Director of Health. “She’s devoted her entire career to shaping the future of healthcare, and has led some of the most ground-breaking projects in the U.S. Her deep knowledge and creative approach to problem solving will propel our practice forward as we continue helping clients transform the healthcare experience.”
Abbie joins CannonDesign from HDR where she was the Director of Health for the West Region. Her most enduring contributions are in the realms of academic medicine and translational health sciences — helping institutions break down physical and cultural barriers to push innovation and medical breakthroughs forward. Recent projects include the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the Campus Transformation Project at the University of Utah Health, Focal Point Community Campus, Ohio State University’s new Wexner Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center’s new outpatient care tower.
Reflecting on her decision to join CannonDesign, Abbie notes the transformation the firm has experienced over the last several years. “As someone who has long competed against CannonDesign, I am excited about the evolution the firm is experiencing — it’s absolutely shaking up the industry,” she said. “Unarguably, CannonDesign is recognized as one of the most innovative in the profession, and I’m beyond excited to push the boundaries of design alongside some of the most creative designers and thinkers in the world.”
Responsible for overseeing more than $2.5 billion in healthcare projects over the last 22 years, Abbie’s work has amassed the full spectrum of design recognition, including awards from Interior Design, Modern Healthcare, the International Interior Design Association, Contract and the American Institute of Architectures/Academy of Architecture for Health, among others. Passionate about women’s issues and equity in the design profession, Abbie consistently pursues opportunities to encourage diversity in all of embodiments; she’s the founder of Women’s Networking Dinners for working professional women within the healthcare industry, attended the 2017 Forbes Women’s Summit and writes regularly about issues related to gender equality.
Abbie earned a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 2009, she was named to Building Design + Construction’s “40 under 40” list.