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Organisation & People

The Executive Board, which consists of representatives from our research-based organisations, our corporate partners and other areas of industry, is responsible for the initiation and coordination of all activities of the Academy, as well as for organising the selection of the International Advisory Board and defining its function.

The role of the International Advisory Board is to review and support the activities of the Executive Board, suggesting future activities as well as to inform other members of activities and developments in the field of design and health. The international advisors have a critical function in indicating trends and views on the future direction of the field, contributing research findings of relevance and benefit to industry, and networking among member universities and industry.

The International Advisory Board members are also expected to provide relevant information on research and events from their own region that could benefit both the current activities and future development of the Academy.

The Academy’s Board is composed of the following:


Prof Alan Dilani
PhD - Founder and Chief Executive

Professor Alan Dilani is a founder and General Director of the International Academy for Design and Health. He is co-founder of the journal, World Health Design,

He is founder and director of international master program on Design and Health with University of Portsmouth in UK. Dr Dilani has been engaged worldwide in several universities in the field of design and health developing "Psychosocially Supportive Design Program", both in medical and design institutions... read more




Marc Sansom, MBA - Chief Operations Officer

Marc Sansom is corporate development and communications director at the International Academy for Design and Health. Prior to joining the Academy, Marc worked for 12 years as an international business editor and journalist, primarily in the healthcare sector and has been responsible for the launch and strategic development of products and services across a range of media platforms, including magazines, web sites, conferences and awards. In particular, Marc has considerable knowledge of issues relating to the design, planning and procurement healthcare facilities, technology and services. In 2004, Marc also received an Executive MBA from the University of Hull, for which his thesis focused on the strategic development of procurement in the NHS. He also has a BA Hons Degree in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from Royal Holloway, University of London.


Ray Pentecost III, DrPH, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP - President

Dr Ray Pentecost is president of the International Academy for Design & Health.
He is an experienced healthcare professional, a licensed Architect and Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, who is Board Certified in the healthcare architecture specialty by the American College of Healthcare Architects. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional... read more







Richard Jackson, MD MPH - Director of Research

Dr Richard J Jackson is Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Richard J Jackson has done extensive work in the impact of the environment on health, particularly relating to children. Dr Jackson chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. He did extensive work on pesticides in California, and has also focused on epidemiology, infectious diseases and toxicology... read more




Cliff Harvey, BA, BArch, OAA, MRAIC - Director of Government Liaison

Cliff Harvey is the Senior Architect for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Canada’s largest provincial healthcare system. With over 20 years of experience, Cliff’s professional focus has been on health and wellness in the built environment and how these ideas translate into an environment of care.. read more






James Grose Barch, RAIA - Director of Design & Industry Liaison

Working across a full range of project types and scales, James Grose has consolidated a position of accomplishment in the architectural profession through design innovation, built works, awards, professional leadership and publications.

Starting at the end of the 1980s with his own practice, Grose Bradley Architecture, before becoming a Principal of BVN Architecture through a merger in 1998, James was appointed BVN’s National Director in 2006... read more



Rang Shawis
, MD - Director of Health Liason









Tye Farrow
, March - Director of Americas

Tye Farrow is a leader in creating architecture that lifts the human spirit while advancing clients’ business goals. Drawing on themes from nature, he has designed award-winning projects around the world.

His contribution to healthcare design at the Credit Valley Hospital and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Canada is viewed internationally as setting a new standard in health care architecture... read more





Innocent Okpanum, PhD - Director of Africa and Middle East

Dr Innocent Okpanum is an architect, researcher, urban designer, healthcare design specialist and the managing director and owner of the architectural firm, Ngonyama Okpanum & Associates; which has offices in eight cities in South Africa and in Abuja, Nigeria.

He studied in Genoa, Italy where he obtained a doctorate degree in architecture. He also holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the architectural institutes of Italy and South Africa... read more



Gunter De Graeve - Director of Asia Pacific

Gunther De Graeve MAICD, AFCHSM is one of Australia’s leading Health Architects with 20 years experience gained in both the design and construction fields. He has planned, designed and delivered major hospital developments in Europe and Australia.

He is recognised as a thought-leader within the health facility design sector for his innovation in operational models, for his sustainable approach to master planning and for his attention to detail allowing for future flexibility and future trends... read more


Stephen Vermeulen - Director of Europe

As the director healthcare of VK STUDIO Architects, Planners & Designers Stéphane Vermeulen contributes to the general strategic approach of the healthcare sector and the actual interpretation and conceptualization of projects. In this process, he mainly focuses on the strategic interests of the client. At the head of an internal project team, Stéphane developes the general approach of a future project... read more






The International Advisory Board is composed of the following:

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