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AIA Grand Valley's Own Lorissa MacAllister Named AIA Michigan Young Architect of the Year

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Brian Swem, AIA
Thursday, June 28, 2012

AIA Grand Valley is proud to announce that Lorissa MacAllister received this year’s AIA Michigan Young Architect Award.  This comes just months after being named AIA Grand Valley’s 2011 Young Architect.

AIA Grand Valley would like to congratulate Lorissa on this great accomplishment and thank her for her dedication to the profession and her community.

Lorissa Keller MacAllister AIA, BSW, LEED ap


Lorissa MacAllister is the founder and president of Enviah in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been practicing in architecture and specializing in healthcare design for over 12 years.  She has led operational assessments, performed sustainable operations integration, and created master plans for healthcare systems nationally.  Selected local projects include the Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital new patient wing addition, replacement facility for Zeeland Community Hospital, and various projects with Saint Mary’s Healthcare.

Enviah is a cutting-edge, research-based firm that is dedicated to guiding an organization to its next level of integrated performance by systematically aligning operations, space, sustainability, business performance, revenue, and user experience.  Using evidence based design and other research, the firm is building a new design approach for the healthcare design industry.

Lorissa has had a leadership role in creating sustainable, green guidelines globally for healthcare in co-chairing the Operations Section Pilot Review and as a foundational member of the Green Guide for Healthcare New Construction section that is now known as LEED for Healthcare.   Leading transformative change for health facilities has been her focus, speaking nationally to help bring change that benefits occupants, community, and the environment while being sustainable to their operations.  Lorissa has sat on sustainable design juries for the AIA and the Center for Health Design.

She received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Vermont. She is currently pursuing a PhD in architecture design and health at Georgia Institute of Technology.

In her spare time, Lorissa has worked actively in the Grand Rapids community to help many non-profit organizations transform and grow.  Some organizations include Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center, Grand Rapids Symphony, Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, ALS clinic, and Celebration of the Arts.