The College of Architecture is pleased to announce alum and Professional Advisory Council member Jeff Monzu of LEO A DALY, AIA, has been named the winner of Healthcare Design’s HCD 10 award in the category of Architect. The annual award honors healthcare professionals in 10 categories, highlighting a broad spectrum of industry leaders and their accomplishments over the last year.
Based in the Omaha, Nebraska, design studio of LEO A DALY, Monzu leads a team of architects, engineers, planners and interior designers who focus specifically on healthcare. For the last 25 years, he has led the design of healthcare facilities of every type and scale throughout the world – from large hospital campuses in the Middle East, to small community hospitals in his home state of Nebraska.
He was selected this year for his work with rural communities and veteran populations in Nebraska. Healthcare Design executive editor Anne DiNardo described his unique impact on underserved communities in the magazine’s September issue: “By bringing the best ideas in modern healthcare design to critical access hospitals, Monzu is ensuring that small rural communities have access to care environments that are of the same quality as those in even the largest of cities.”
Monzu described his mission-driven approach in the same issue: "Every architect wants to leave behind a legacy of design excellence, but when we design healing environments, we're also bringing hope and possibility into the lives of those needing it. Especially when our designs help small communities and underserved populations, our work transcends design, becoming something worthy of being called 'a life's work.'"
Monzu is a vital member of the architecture community in Nebraska. He is currently president of the Nebraska chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is active in mentoring and developing future architecture talent through his alma mater, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the university for his contributions to design in the state.
As a leader in LEO A DALY’s internationally recognized healthcare-design practice, Monzu has advanced the firm to one of the most recognized in the industry, ranked seventh in Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Top Architectural Firms survey and 11th overall in Interior Design’s 2018 Top 100 Giants survey. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, a regular contributor to healthcare-design journals, and an advocate for advancing public knowledge of the benefits of thoughtful design.
Current projects from LEO A DALY’s Omaha healthcare studio include the new Omaha Veterans Affairs ambulatory care center; a critical access hospital in Syracuse, Nebraska; a community hospital in Beatrice, Nebraska; growth programming for Ortho Nebraska; and ongoing design work for CHI Health and Nebraska Medicine.