July 29, 2020

Alison Leonard Joins CannonDesign Mental and Behavioral Health Practice

We are excited to announce a new hire in the Dallas office and within the Health practice—Alison Leonard.

Alison will work closely with our Mental and Behavioral Health practice and expand our reach in the Texas market.

Alison joins us from Dallas-based The Beck Group, where she was the Behavioral Healthcare Market Leader and Healthcare Project Manager. Prior to that, she was a Senior Healthcare Architect at architecture+ in Troy, NY, also focusing on behavioral health projects. She also has been featured on local design press, is a member of the Women in Healthcare Texas chapter and is on the Advisory Board for AIA Dallas Columns magazine. In addition, Alison participated in the FGI Guidelines 2022 Revisions Committee for Behavioral Health.

“Alison brings a breadth of expertise in mental and behavioral healthcare design that will elevate our practice nationally and globally,” said Tim Rommel, leader of CannonDesign’s mental and behavioral health practice. “Her drive to make behavioral health resources and care accessible for all will drive thoughtful and empathetic design solutions for our clients.”

She is looking forward to having a direct impact on behavioral health services in Texas and beyond. As an evidence-based design certified architect, she is passionate in reducing the stigma around mental health issues by helping to create innovative treatment spaces for patient healing.

When working on behavioral health projects, Alison is focused on improving the patient /staff/visitor experience and understanding how operational needs of the client will affect the built environment. She aims to identify opportunities for innovation in each project including patient safety challenges and modular construction potential.

“We’re thrilled to have Alison on board as our team in Dallas and Texas continues to grow and gain momentum,” said Randy Edwards, principal and leader of our Dallas office. “Her expertise in behavioral healthcare design and relationships with organizations in Texas will be integral in bringing our Living-Centered Design philosophy to North Texas and beyond.”

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