Shehani Fernando

Shehani Fernando


Associate Principal

“When I design, I mentally walk through each space and scenario as to how patients, family and staff will experience the facility. I believe healthcare design is a healing art, and therefore, I have learned to not just look at design with my eyes but with my heart, and curate spatial journeys that heal not just the body, but also the mind and spirit.”

Growing up in Asia, Shehani’s mother was told it was taboo for a woman to pursue a career in architecture, yet when Shehani was seven, she remembers watching her mother sketch plans for their family home and then started doodling her own—her passion to be an architect began from there. With over 23 years of studying, researching and practicing architecture, Shehani has dedicated the last 18 years to designing Inpatient and Outpatient healthcare projects in California while also working closely with regulatory agencies. She thrives on envisioning out-of-the-box solutions that can revolutionize healthcare facility design, its future growth, flexibility and adaptability. Her greatest satisfaction is working closely with stakeholders and end users, and implementing their specific needs. She has extensive leadership experience in complex, state-of-the-art multi-million-dollar healthcare projects. Her responsibilities include master planning, feasibility studies, space planning and space programming operationally efficient and future-forward facilities. She has successfully led medical planning and design of large projects with the general contractor in various Integrated Project Delivery/Design-Build/Design-Assist delivery methods.

Our Perkins Eastman

Shehani is a well-rounded senior healthcare planner engaged in west coast projects specifically OSHPD projects in California. She works with Perkins Eastman’s Data Unit to leverage benchmarking and data analytic tools to deliver efficient functional space planning and programming solutions. She is passionate about giving back to the industry, mentoring younger staff and contributing as a design critic for local university students’ healthcare design and research projects.


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  • Education

  • Norwich University, M.Arch., B.S. Architectural Studies
  • Associations

  • Center for Health Design, Evidence-based Design Accreditation
  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Accredited Professional
  • American Society for Healthcare Executives
  • Women in Healthcare - Greater Los Angeles Chapter
  • Asian American Architects/Engineers Association
  • Urban Land Institute