January 26, 2021

Shary Adams Joins CannonDesign Health Practice as a Mental and Behavioral Health Leader

We are thrilled to welcome Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, as a Senior Vice President in our Health Practice.

Based in our Washington D.C. office, Shary will embed herself in our Mental and Behavioral Health practice to focus on advancing innovative design solutions and systems that help reduce stigma and improve treatment for mental health.

“As our practice continues to grow in size and impact across North America, Shary will be an integral contributor to many of our behavioral health projects coast to coast,” said Tim Rommel, leader of the Mental and Behavioral Health practice. “Her expertise is well-known in the industry and will be an asset to our existing and future clients as we work to create Living-Centered solutions that help them solve challenges and seize opportunities.

Shary has more than 30 years of design experience specializing in healthcare planning and architecture. She most recently worked for HGA, where she led integrated healthcare design teams and designing for behavioral health. Her past projects include inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facilities as well as safe emergency department crisis spaces and broader healthcare design of surgery and ambulatory facilities.

She shares that she is “excited to be part of CannonDesign and to support and grow with such a great established team of mental health planners. I’m thrilled our passions align and we can work together to improve access and care to all.”

Shary’s expertise in evidence-based design and visioning sessions with leading clinicians and administrators has created innovative solutions for some of healthcare’s most complex issues, from mental healthcare resources to patient safety.

“Healthcare has evolved and adapted incredibly in the last year, and our health practice is laser focused on working with health organizations on ensuring the best possible patient care in the most holistic way possible, particularly as mental healthcare becomes a national priority,” said Mike Pukszta, co-leader of CannonDesign’s Health practice. “Shary will be a lynchpin in these conversations and her ideas will help propel design solutions forward.”

Shary has worked with leading health organizations including Johns Hopkins and the Department of Veterans Affairs and managed healthcare projects from North America to the Middle East. Over the years, she has been a keynote speaker international conferences and symposia such as Healthcare Design and the Center for Health design, been published in Health Facilities Management, New York Times and other national publications and is a board-certified American College of Healthcare Architect.