EYP, a Page company, named Sharanya Reddy (Page/EYP DC) and Ali Momen-Heravi (Page/EYP Denver) 2022-2023 Tradewell Fellows. Celebrating its 25th year, the Tradewell Fellowship program positions tomorrow’s medical planners and designers for rapid career advancement and leadership by immersing fellows in real-world medical planning and research projects in collaboration with healthcare clients and the firm’s thought leaders. 

Sharanya Reddy, EDAC, WELL AP, gained experience in the design of inpatient departments, emergency departments, and medical office buildings during several internships and while working at another architectural firm. Her increasing interest in health care prompted her to participate in a think tank to strategize ways to improve cognitive health. This brief stint allowed her to understand the need for designing for an aging population.

She says, “I started my architectural journey in health care, then explored other market sectors, only to realize healthcare design was my passion.” She says, “The Tradewell fellowship is a unique opportunity, it allows me to deep dive into designing for an aging population and equips me with all the resources I need to contribute to the healthcare industry in a meaningful manner.  I see the fellowship as a catalyst that will help me accelerate my learnings and advance my career. I am eager to apply an evidence-based approach to both my projects and research.” She received a bachelor’s degree from BMS School of Architecture in India and a master’s degree from The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Ali Momen-Heravi, Associate AIA, EDAC completed his Ph.D. research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied innovations in environmental design policy and practice that support the health and well-being of occupants in the context of the nation’s largest affordable housing program. Ali holds an MS in architectural studies and a professional master of architecture with a concentration in design and planning of high-performance healthcare environments, also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He developed a strong passion for healthcare design during the early stages of his graduate studies when he realized the field’s opportunities to directly influence and improve human lives. Through completing several graduate courses relevant to healthcare architecture, teaching experience, and research assistantships at the Illinois School of Architecture, he developed and honed skills in evidence-based design, varied representation techniques, and interdisciplinary research. Ali also authored health-focused architectural design papers and posters and has presented his work at Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conferences. He says, “the Tradewell fellowship enables me to meaningfully contribute to the creation of healing environments through which patients, caretakers, and communities can live up to their full potential and flourish. And personally, I will gain valuable experience collaborating with top healthcare professionals.” 

“We are ecstatic to enter our 25th year of the Tradewell Fellowship,” says Tradewell Fellowship lead curator Renee Fiala, a former Tradewell Fellow herself who is now a senior medical planner for Page/EYP. “Adapting over time, the program now offers up to two Tradewell Fellowships per year across our healthcare office locations. Fellows select a research topic and are supported through the development of their own Tradewell project during their fellowship year. Every fellowship is unique and is designed to amplify the fellows’ exposure and opportunities, developing our future leaders in healthcare design.”

Named in honor of the late Gary Tradewell, a former vice president and medical planner, the fellowship began in 1997 and has 27 alumni and four retroactive fellows, many of whom still work at Page/EYP. In addition to being guided by multiple firm mentors—including architects, senior medical planners, designers, and leaders in the field—Tradewell Fellows are included in healthcare projects from the initial planning stages, have direct contact with healthcare clients, and attend a national conference of their choice. They also complete a Tradewell project, taking a deep dive into a research topic.