Brandy Olson Recognized by AIA as Emerging Healthcare Leader

(July 28, 2015) - Brandy Olson, director of operations design, was one of only two inaugural recipients of the U40 Award from the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and The Next Generation Committee. The award program was created this year to recognize the emerging leaders and the movers and shakers in the healthcare design industry involved in advancing the creation of environments of healing.

As director of operations, Brandy connects with healthcare clients by combining the analytic prowess of an engineer with the understanding of a healthcare administrator. That's because she's been both. She created the Operations Design team at HDR to help our clients find the most efficient and effective ways to deliver healthcare, bridging the gap between current realities and future operations. She's not designing buildings; she's designing what people do inside the buildings. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt—a certified expert in using the Lean Six Sigma process to identify, address and correct a problem within a system. Brandy guides healthcare clients toward change by combining process improvement strategies with a collaborative "silo-busting" process designed to break down organizational boundaries and hierarchies.

Recipients were selected by a jury comprised of a diverse group of leaders from a wide range of firms/organizations within the healthcare design industry. Brandy accepted the award at the Leadership Summit held in mid-July in Chicago, Il.