We are pleased to welcome Farah Rahman, OAA, AIA to CannonDesign as the office practice leader for our Toronto office and a principal in our health practice. Farah is an accomplished healthcare designer with more than 30 years’ experience working with U.S. and Canadian clients to create facilities that empower users to live their healthiest lives. In her role at CannonDesign, Farah will focus on the growth and development of our Toronto office— building on successful client relationships and creating new partnerships across the health, education and science industries.
As someone who has lived in Toronto most of her life and spent 27 years in the Canadian healthcare sector, Farah will be instrumental in growing and developing client relationships, market share, and our community presence,” said Robin Cibrano, executive director and firm development leader at CannonDesign. “She will ensure that we are embedded in the community and remaining relevant in our own backyard.
Farah’s approach to design is rooted in a deep and holistic understanding of the role the built environment has on the well-being of both individuals and the communities in which we live. She has extensive experience in all phases of healthcare planning and design from concept to completion, and specializes in wellness through design, population health management, salutogenesis, and aging in place. Her work at previous firms includes Moffitt Cancer Center’s 25-year strategic master plan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s breast cancer center, and Humber River Hospital — the first fully digital mega hospital in North America. Farah’s projects have been recognized by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Governor General of Canada, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Canadian Architect magazine.
When asked what drew her to CannonDesign, Farah notes, “I believe that interesting group dynamics lead to innovative solutions for our clients. Our in-house healthcare team includes interdisciplinary professionals from all walks of life that inform our solutions. This is the right approach to healthcare projects and aligns with the design philosophy I have held through my entire career.”
A noted healthcare thought leader, Farah has presented at the World Health Congress and ASHE’s PDC Summit and authored articles for various publications on state-of-the art nursing units, aging in place, population health management, and continuous process improvement. Farah is a member of the AIA and the OAA Certification Board, a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is certified by the International Well Building Institute.
Farah has already hit the ground running with master planning work for North York General Hospital and Trillium Health Partners.