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Karen S. Freeman AIA, ACHA,

Pediatrics Practice Leader
"Healthcare architecture is an awesome and inspiring challenge. We partner with the brightest minds in healthcare to create environments that can not only have a positive impact on the patient experience, but can influence medical outcomes."

Based in Atlanta, Karen is an HOK principal and the firmwide practice leader for Pediatrics. With more than 25 years of planning and design experience, she balances the needs of occupants and clients with the project’s broader goals to broker the compromises so critical for success. She has delivered more than 4 million square feet of healthcare space in her career and has special expertise in and a passion for pediatrics and subspecialty care for children’s health.

Karen is president of Women in Healthcare, a national nonprofit that empowers and supports the mentorship and growth of women in healthcare leadership roles. She is a founding member and served as the past president of Women in Healthcare’s Georgia Chapter. During her tenure, Karen and the Women in Healthcare Georgia Board of Directors were recognized as the organization’s Chapter of the Year.

Karen holds a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt in Healthcare (LBBH) and is one of fewer than 450 board-certified healthcare architects in the U.S. per the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).

As a frequent speaker and author, Karen’s thought leadership has been featured internationally in media outlets including Healthcare Design, Building Better Healthcare Magazine and

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