March 1, 2022

Alison Laas Joins CannonDesign as Boston Healthcare Client Leader and Project Manager

We are thrilled to announce that Alison Laas, AIA, has joined our Boston office as an Associate Vice President and Client Leader/Project Manager within the Health Practice.

Alison will work with current and potential clients to understand their challenges and opportunities and help bring projects to life that embody their future-facing missions and visions. She will oversee a myriad number of healthcare projects managed by our Boston office—some currently underway include Boston Children’s Hospital, Wellspan, Connecticut Children’s and Mass General Brigham Westwood.

“Being able to join CannonDesign’s incredible team and contribute to some truly groundbreaking projects is so exciting,” said Alison. “This is one of the most innovative, problem-solving firms and I’m thrilled to be one of their changemakers. I am excited to be part of the Health Practice’s vision for understanding a client holistically and finding the solution that is truly right for them. The past and present projects in the healthcare market are truly shaping the industry when it comes to design, operations, sustainability and more. There are so many opportunities to help clients and leave an impact.”

Her national and international project experience ranges from integrated imaging OR suites, undergraduate life sciences teaching laboratories, innovation and prototype laboratories as well as high-end inpatient hospital and medical school design. She has worked with clients such as Yale New Haven Health System, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Georgetown University Medical Center and more.

“Alison will be an incredible asset for our Boston office, Health practice, our Academic Medical Center Laboratory practice and firm at large,” said Brian McKenna, our Boston Health Practice Leader. “She is a exemplary project manager, the depth and breadth of her experience speaks volumes. We look forward to her nurturing our current client relationships and fostering new ones that represent our Living-Centered Design ethos and position them for brighter future.”

Throughout her career, Alison has also shared her love of architecture and integrated design thinking by teaching studios at both Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural College. She volunteers on thesis advisory panels for students with interests in healthcare and laboratory design challenges to help create a strong pipeline of diverse professionals. Alison currently mentors students in the Kent State University’s graduate program in Health Systems and Facilities Design. Additionally, Alison served on the AIA’s International Practice Committee Advisory Group from 2016-2019, sharing her unique perspective as a Boston-based architect working on healthcare projects in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania and China with colleagues.