Mark Vaughan, AIA, FACHA

Studio Leader, Dallas

Mark is the Director of the Healthcare Sector’s Dallas office. He has helped develop over 3 million SF of institutional work. His expertise includes campus and facility master planning and the architectural design of numerous complex multi-phased renovation projects. Mark specializes in the design of patient and family-centered care environments, with particular interest in planning and design principles fostering patient safety and lean thinking. He has featured these topics in many of his credited published articles. Mark’s innovative and solution-centric approach has resulted in state-of-the-art medical facilities serving as national bench-marking quality. He has lectured at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design’s healthcare facility planning and design professional development courses.


Healthcare institutions are designing emergency departments that address the ever-evolving needs of patients, staff, and visitors. Medical Construction & Design discusses new trends in ED design, including open team workstations and layouts planned to minimize wait and patient turnaround times.

We believe that we are human beings, caring for other human beings. That simple, profound statement is at the top of the list of Planetree beliefs. Although not every hospital is a part of the Planetree organization, an international advocacy group that partners with healthcare providers to create and support patient-centered care and cultures, healthcare facilities across the country are keenly focused on caring for patients, families and, just as importantly, staff. More

Representative Projects

Emergency entrance to CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital

Women & Children's Hospital & Emergency Department Expansion

CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital

Children’s Health

A strategic framework guides long-term campus growth and addresses short-term community needs.

Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center entrance at night

Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Ambulatory Care

A water feature, clerestory windows, and special finishes provide visual cues to ease wayfinding in this comfortable facility.

Entrance to Emergency Department at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital

Emergency Department & Bed Tower Expansion

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital

Specialty Care

Optimizing a process-driven workplace decreases medical errors, increases efficiency, and enhances patient satisfaction.

Exterior view of Sugar Land Hospital

Sugar Land Hospital

Memorial Hermann

Acute Care

This best-of-class facility emphasizes the client’s attention to the mental, spiritual, and aesthetic aspects of healing.

View of lobby modernization in the Children's Medical Center of Dallas

Lobby Modernization

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Acute Care

A modernized main lobby showcases an interactive exhibit celebrating the centennial of this storied children’s hospital.

Exerior view of The Cancer Treatment & Prevention Center

Cancer Treatment & Prevention Center

UTHealth Northeast

Specialty Care

Mind, body, and spirit are addressed in a design that emphasizes personal choice and comfort.

UNC Health North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

UNC REX Healthcare

Specialty Care

Consolidating existing services enhances accessibility to high-quality care.

Exterior detail

Katy Hospital

Memorial Hermann

Acute Care

Prototype designs help a non-profit client cost-effectively serve more communities.