SmithGroup, one of the nation’s largest integrated design firms, is pleased to announce that Michael Kang, FAIA, EDAC, LEED AP has been elevated to the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Council of Fellows in recognition of his achievements and leadership in healthcare facility architecture. Fellowship is one the highest honors ACHA bestows on certificants and reflects Kang’s contributions to promoting the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of architecture for healthcare environments.
Kang has contributed a deep body of work as a principal designer over the span on his 35-year career. His portfolio includes numerous international healthcare facilities, reflecting his multicultural background. Fusing eastern and western medicine, Kang led the design of a first-of-its-kind hospital for China, the award-winning Shuguang Hospital in Shanghai, China, completed in 2003. Today, Kang is currently leading design for the development of a new hospital expansion in Hangzhou, China, as well as several other projects in the US and abroad.
Kang’s approach to the design of healthcare environments is rooted in his belief that they are spaces that should contribute to the public good, promote healing and adapt to change as medicine advances. Among the most notable of his projects is the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, which promotes a whole-patient concept in the care and rehabilitation of soldiers with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Kang is regarded by his colleagues as a passionate leader and consummate mentor. With his deep knowledge of designing for healthcare, he provides guidance for junior staff and interns interested in specializing in healthcare architecture. Kang also volunteers his expertise to benefit students and graduates of architectural programs.
Passionate about sharing his expertise to benefit disadvantaged communities, Kang has completed numerous mission trips to South America and Africa to construct and repair medical and community facilities. Locally, he serves on the board of Covenant Village Apartments in Germantown, Maryland, an affordable senior housing community.
Kang earned a Master of Science in Architecture from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Maryland.
Kang and the entire class of 2019 Fellows were honored at a formal ceremony on November 3, 2019 at the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
About The American College of Healthcare Architects
The American College of Healthcare Architects was created in 1999 to offer Board Certification to licensed healthcare architects through an independent process involving a portfolio review, an assessment by peer architects and a rigorous examination. It is the first and only design specialty so recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). For more information, visit www.healthcarearchitects.org.
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