Joan Saba leads NBBJ’s healthcare design practice, the second-largest healthcare architecture firm in the world and named one of the most innovative by Fast Company. She brings more than 25 years of expertise and strategic vision to all types of healthcare projects, with a focus on academic medical centers, pediatric and teaching hospitals.
Joan’s expertise in translating current and future programmatic and operational needs into effective healing environments is applied to projects of diverse scales. She recently led the healthcare planning and design efforts on the Kimmel Pavilion at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and a medical center at the American University of Beirut. Her recent work on the Massachusetts General Hospital Lunder Building won numerous design and industry awards, including a National Healthcare Design Award from the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health.
Recent engagements include presentations at the Economist, Vanderbilt University, the Academy of Architecture for Health, Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Executive Education Program, and the Symposium of Healthcare Design. She has been interviewed by Fast Company, China Business Weekly and The Architects Newspaper. In 2012, Joan was named as one of Healthcare Design magazine’s HCD 10. She was also a recipient of the AIA / Academy of Architecture for Health’s Presidential Citation Award and was included in Healthcare Design’s list of “Twenty Who Are Making a Difference.”