WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has announced that Shannon Kraus attained Fellowship status. Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed on a certificate-holder by the ACHA. Fellowship is granted to ACHA Board-certified architects specializing in healthcare who have shown distinction in fulfilling an area of expertise as determined by the College’s Council of Fellows. The Council of Fellows was founded to advance the profession of healthcare architecture.

Kraus joins the ranks of distinguished fellows, and is one of more than 400 colleagues in the United States and Canada who are certified healthcare architects. ACHA requires its certificate-holders to work toward the improvement of healthcare architecture on behalf of the public, to practice in an ethical manner and to maintain the highest standards in the specialized field of healthcare architecture.

Kraus, a principal with HKS for the past 15 years, has been an integral part of the design and planning of over 20 million square feet of healthcare projects of all sizes and scope, throughout the U.S. and abroad. Focused on creating sustainable architecture that connects with its users and the community it serves, he has dedicated much of his work to experiential design solutions that reinforce the client’s brand, vision and values.

Most recently, his projects have been recognized for integrating hospitality design with healthcare design, to redefine the patient/guest experience. His projects have been honored multiple times, with design awards from the AIA, Symposium on Healthcare Design, Modern Healthcare and IIDA. His work has been recognized in publications such as World Architecture News, Healthcare Design and Hospitality Design.

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 28 offices worldwide.

For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.