Donald McKahan is a Health Facility Planner, Architect and founder of McKahan Planning Group. His 30 plus years of professional experience include the planning and design of numerous medical facilities including: Ambulatory Care Facilities, Birthing Centers, Acute Nursing Units, Medical Office Buildings and Master Planning for both new and existing hospital campuses. His research on the future of healthcare facilities has been tapped by Adventist Health Services, Lakeland Health System, SHARP HEALTHCARE , the JCAHO, and the Healthcare Forum Journal.

Career Profile:

  • McKahan Planning Group, Del Mar, CA - Founder and Principal.

  • Lennon Associates, Del Mar, CA - 1989/1993, Facility Planner and Consultant.

  • Davis Partnership Architects, Denver, CO - 1973/1989, Architect and Principal.


  • University of Colorado at Denver, Master of Architecture, 1989.

  • Kansas State University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1973.

Professional Appointments:

  • Board Certified in Healthcare Architecture, FACHA
  • Licensed Architect, California.
  • President (1998) AIA/ Academy of Architecture for Health.
  • Board of Regents: American College of Healthcare Architects
  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering
  • International Health Futures Network

Recent Publications:

  • Planning, Design & Construction of Healthcare Environments, , Chapter 1: Current Trends and Future Forecasts, JCAHO, Environment of Care Book, 1997.
  • Top 10 Ways to Plan a Successful Hospital. M.P.G. Monograph, 1996.
  • Healing by Design, Interior Design Magazine, August 1993.
  • Educational Videotapes by Donald McKahan, Planning the Hospital of Tomorrow and Healing by Design, available through Brighton Books.
  • The Healing Environment of the Future, Healthcare Forum Magazine.
  • Televised interview for ABC’s, Health Show, "The Future of Hospitals".
  • Thesis Research, A New Architecture for Healthcare: University of Colorado at Denver.