Aaron Shepard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, ACHA
Principal, Project Management, HED
How has ACHA certification enhanced your career in healthcare architecture and/or design?
ACHA certification is the pinnacle of achievement for a healthcare architect and is recognized by the industry as such.
While not all clients realize what it means, I have had the opportunity to educate them on its value, importance, and prestige.
What does ACHA certification mean in terms of credibility in healthcare architecture and/or design?
ACHA certification is the most important certification that I have. It shows my dedication and expertise in the field of healthcare architecture.
How has ACHA certification been useful with clients and firms?
ACHA certification establishes a special sense of trust in clients and firms.
When clients select an ACHA certified architect, they know they are working with someone who has the experience, expertise and critical thinking necessary to successfully execute their projects and make their job easier.
Would you advise architects & designers interested in the field to pursue ACHA certification?
I absolutely would.
It has advanced my career and given me the ability to express my commitment to the specialized field of healthcare architecture.
About Aaron Shepard
Education: Master of Architecture, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan
Aaron currently holds a role as Principal in Project Management at HED in Chicago –ranked as a top healthcare architecture and engineering firm in Building Design + Construction's 2019 "Giants Report." Relevant project experience includes leadership roles in designing the Palos Community Hospital Outpatient Campus Redevelopment, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Bed Replacement Tower – entailing 384,000 square feet and 192 patient beds, the Northwestern University Research Lab Renovation, the Advocate Trinity Hospital ICU Expansion, and the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Bed Replacement – a $155 million construction job entailing 384,000 square feet and the installation of 192 patient beds.
Early on in his career, Aaron worked in a variety of markets and grew a special interest in healthcare, finding enjoyment in working on projects that result in "benefits to my fellow man, as opposed to financial gain for my clients." An avid bike commuter, averaging over 2000 miles of commuting a year, Aaron takes great pride and satisfaction in the rewarding act of contributing to successful healing environments for patients and their families.