August 4, 2021

Alison Leonard Named to AIA AAH List of Healthcare Design's Best Under 40

Recipients were chosen because they “best exemplified someone under 40 making a significant contribution to the advancement of health facilities design.”

Alison spends much of her time advancing projects within our Mental and Behavioral Health practice, she is currently working with Froedtert Health and University of Colorado as they advance their behavioral health services.

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 designing for mental health patients and clinicians, Alison focuses on improving the patient, staff and visitor experience and understanding how operational needs impact the built environment. She aims to identify opportunities for innovation in each project including patient safety challenges and modular construction potential.

Part of her nomination materials noted, “Alison is steadfast in her dedication to improving the built environment and quality of work she delivers. She is always seeking improvement and progress. She seeks to bring team members together in open, transparent collaboration.”

Alison has recently shared her perspective and expertise on mental health design trends in the media: Further Improving Access to Mental Health Resources in Dallas in D Magazine, On Technology Advancing Mental Health Treatment in Dallas Innovates and Balancing Her Career and Family Life with Shout Out Dallas.