Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, EDAC

Sheila, Director of Healthcare at Altus, is a 23-year veteran of the healthcare design field, with extensive experience as a project designer, medical planner, project manager, and researcher. She has worked on more than 50 healthcare projects and master plans, ranging from small community facilities to larger academic hospitals. She is licensed in Nebraska and Florida and is NCARB certified. Dr. Elijah-Barnwell’s research focuses on the impacts of the built environment on human behavioral and health outcomes and building standardized tools for use in existing facility assessment and post occupancy evaluation. She is an active contributor to the healthcare design industry through peer-reviewed articles, white papers, presentations, and serving on the Editorial Review Board for HERD Journal.  Sheila also serves as a trustee for the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation.  Her passion for maintaining a dialogue between practice and higher education about the topic of design for health and healthcare has led her to facilitate and teach graduate-level research design studios with a focus on Health at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2008. She is a frequent guest lecturer and studio critic at many other institutions as well.


Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D. Educational Studies, Architecture), University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2008
Master of Architecture, (MArch), University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 1994
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1992


Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 2015-present
Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) 2011-present
National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) 2006-present
LEED® Accredited Professional 2004-present
American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1997-present
University of Nebraska Project Review Board 2018-present

Key Projects & Clients:

*Sheila contributed to these projects while at HDR.

>  Bethesda Heart Hospital (HDR Inc. Architect of Record)*
>  Bethesda Hospital West (HDR Inc. Architect of Record)*
>  CHI Health, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building
>  CHI Health, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
>  Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital – Expansion & Renovation (Plan One | Architects, Architect of Record)
>  Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Ambulatory Surgery Center & Medical Office Building (Plan One| Architects, Architect of Record)*
>  Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Master Plan (Plan One | Architects, Architect of Record)*
>  Methodist Women’s Hospital (HDR Inc. Architect of Record)*
>  Regional West Medical Center – Campus Life Safety Investigation & Mapping
>  Sentara Healthcare, Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (HDR Inc. Architect of Record)*
>  Sublette County Medical Center (Plan One | Architects, Architect of Record)
>  UCHealth – University of Colorado Hospital – Anschutz Campus Master Plan
>  UCHealth – North Region Master Plan
>  UCHealth – University of Colorado Health, Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion O.R. Expansion
>  University of Colorado Hospital, Bed Tower and Ancillary Expansion, Phase 3 (HDR Inc. Architect of Record)*

Ball Memorial Hospital - Medical Education Building, Muncie, IN. *
Bethesda Healthcare System, - Bethesda Health City, Boynton Beach, FL.*
Bethesda Healthcare System - Bethesda Memorial Hospital Master Plan, Boynton Beach, FL.*
Bethesda Healthcare System - Bethesda Heart Hospital, Boynton Beach, FL.*
Bethesda Healthcare System - Bethesda Memorial Hospital Addition and Renovation, Boynton Beach, FL.*
Bethesda Health System - Bethesda Hospital West, Boynton Beach, FL.*
Carle Foundation Hospital & Clinics - Master Plan, Urbana, IL*
Lawrence Memorial Hospital - Overall Facility Master Plan, Lawrence, KS*
Mercy Medical Center - Family Practice Center, Des Moines, IA*
Memorial Hospital Sweetwater County - Master Plan, Rock Springs, WY.*
Memorial Hospital Sweetwater County - Ambulatory Surgery Center, Rock Springs, WY. *
Santa Rosa Health Care – Surgical Tower Addition, San Antonio, TX*
Sentara Southside Hospitals -Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, New Bed Tower, Virginia Beach, VA.*
Sheppard Pratt Health System, - Inpatient Psychiatric Replacement Hospital, Baltimore, MD.*
U.S. Naval Hospital – Expansion and Addition, Portsmouth, VA*
University of Colorado Hospital, - Master Plan update, Aurora, CO.*
University of Colorado Hospital, - Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion Phase II, Aurora, CO.*
University of Colorado Hospital – Tower II Expansion, Aurora, CO. *
Yanney Heritage Park Foundation, Yanney Heritage Park, Kearney, NE. *
York General Hospital, Master Plan, York, NE.*
York General Hospital, Medical Office Building, York, NE.*