Charles Cadenhead, FAIA, FACHA, FCCM

Senior Medical Planner

Charles leads our Medical Planning team and is personally involved in master planning, space planning and programming of healthcare facilities, including major academic teaching centers, community-based critical access hospitals, outpatient facilities and specialty centers. Charles is one of fewer than 40 practicing architects in the United States to be named a Fellow in both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the American College of Healthcare Architects (FACHA). In recognition for his expertise in multidisciplinary practice, research, teaching, and intellectual pursuits, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM) – the only architect to ever receive such recognition from a medical society, college or academy in the United States.

Representative Projects

Exterior of Houston Methodist Hospital North Campus Expansion

Paula and Joseph C. (Rusty) Walter III Tower

Houston Methodist

Acute Care

New high-tech ORs dramatically expand the Hospital’s ability to provide image-guided procedures, reducing the number of open surgeries.

Exterior of Jersey Shore Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health

Specialty Care

The region’s only academic university-level teaching center and clinical research facility has undergone a transformational modernization and expansion.

View of Ocean Medical Center

Ocean Medical Center, Hirair & Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center

Hackensack Meridian Health

Specialty Care

Evidence-based design utilizes data from our evaluation of OMC’s sister hospital to inform and improve unit design.

Stamford Lobby interior

New Stamford Hospital

Stamford Hospital

Acute Care

Healing reimagined: focus on human experience enhances patient outcomes.

View of Hospital

Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

Specialty Care

Benchmarking the nation’s top heart hospitals informed the design for this regional leader in cardiac care.

Houston Methodist Outpatient Tower at dusk

Outpatient Center

Houston Methodist

Ambulatory Care

This 26-story triangular tower, topped by a “tiara” building brow and spire, has transformed the Houston skyline, as well as the outpatient experience.


Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Unit

Stamford Hospital

Children’s Health

Family-friendly design evokes calm and confidence in acute care.