Manish Shah new Chicago KTGY office executive director

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The Chicago/Midwest office of KTGY Architecture + Planning says it has hired Manish H. Shah as executive director of architecture. Shah will work in the firm’s national healthcare design practice, leading KTGY’s continued expansion throughout the Midwest and addressing challenges facing the industry in 2017, KTGY said in a news release.

“Manish has extensive experience in the design of healthcare facilities, which represents one of the most in-demand sectors of commercial real estate,” said office principal Craig Pryde. “We’re excited to leverage Manish’s creativity and knowledge as we continue to expand this practice.”

“Healthcare design is one of the most rapidly evolving industries and has an enormous impact on our communities,” said Shah, 46. “Drawing on my experience in designing both newly constructed and renovated facilities, including those that have undergone an expansion, I’m excited to join a team that shares my curiosity and commitment to elevating the experience for medical providers and the patients they serve.”

KTGY Architecture + Planning most recently designed the Northwestern Medicine Delnor OB/GYN Clinic in Geneva, IL., as well as the 40,000-sq. ft. Cadence Health Medical Office Building in Naperville. The firm also supports community health issues and is currently designing the expansion of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Harvey, IL, in addition to continued promotion of health and wellness in its work in underserved communities.

Shah says a number of market factors will guide the direction of the firm’s healthcare practice in 2017, including the Affordable Care Act. “While the future of this legislation is uncertain, what is certain is that healthcare providers will continue to focus on efficiencies,” he said in a statement. “We expect hospitals will continue to move non-critical care off-campus, as it no longer makes economic sense to house administrative or ancillary functions in a critical care facility. We are continually reimagining these facilities to increase the amount of billable space.

“At the same time, healthcare systems are also looking to facility design as a means to create a stronger sense of place,” added Shah. “Outpatient facilities are increasingly being incorporated into retail centers, requiring the exterior design to be more inviting and blend into the fabric of the community. Similarly, inpatient facilities are moving away from the traditional stoic hospital design and toward a more welcoming, less institutional structure.”

Before joining KTGY, Shah served as director of architecture in the Chicago office of BSA LifeStructures, a national architectural firm specializing in healthcare design. Previously, he spent more than a decade as a project architect at Chicago-based OWP/P Inc., where he was involved in all phases of design and construction on a wide range of healthcare projects, including the Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital. He began his architecture career at Anthony Belluschi Architects, also based in Chicago. Shah holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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