Joan Saba is partner in charge of NBBJ's healthcare practice, the world's second-largest healthcare architecture firm, named one of the most innovative by Fast Company.
Specializing as a change-maker in healthcare architecture and planning, Joan brings more than 25 years of expertise and strategic vision to all types of healthcare projects, with a focus on academic medical centers and teaching hospitals within urban environments.
Joan was one of the first to outline the business case for healing environment design in the early 2000s. Since then, she has repeatedly proven that the built environment plays a direct, integral role in health and healing by linking research and metrics to design strategies and patient outcomes. She is known for her ability to direct large, complex, and multifunctional planning projects, including strategy planning, consolidation/ integration efforts, and facility master planning through to major building
Joan has become a go-to expert on future trends and best practices in healthcare design. In 2013, Healthcare Design named her “Architect of the Year” and she has been hailed among “Twenty Who Are Making a Difference” in the field. She is frequently asked to lecture and teach on trends and innovations in the planning and design of academic healthcare and pediatric environments. Joan has hosted a ground-breaking conference in Shanghai, moderated by Forbes China, on the future of health delivery in China, attended by over 150 health executives and design leaders. She has spoken at Stanford Medicine X Conference, Vanderbilt University’s Healthcare Conference and the CEOs for Cities conference.
She has lectured and taught at the Academy of Architecture for Health, Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education Program, and the Symposium of Healthcare Design. She is a Regent and Founding Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects as well as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.