“Our mission is to translate the needs of society into the discourse of architecture, designing appropriate and socially reflective environments for people.”


Enviah puts health and care back into healthcare environments.

Enviah is taking the lead in developing ways to align built environments with operations, by removing the barriers that are working against staff success and patient satisfaction. Rather than designing spaces around the existing processes and culture, Enviah designs processes, cultures, and spaces oriented around our clients’ goals.

Enviah works at the intersection of medicine and processes, people and systems, spaces and technology, bringing an evidence-based strategy to people-centered projects. Using thoughtful research, targeted studies, and statistical analysis, Enviah provides critical and reliable data about systems integration to decision makers, increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Enviah was founded by Lorissa MacAllister, a thought leader in the healthcare and design fields, and is a WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

Our Role in Transforming Healthcare

Enviah collaborated with ASHE to write a paper about HCAHPS going beyond clean and quiet

Lorissa MacAllister was awarded the New Investigator grant for her research into supportive design.

Enviah helped create guidelines for developing an optimal healing environment.

Lorissa co-authored the Hospital’s in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) guide.

Enviah was instrumental in developing the external component of the Optimal Healing Environment model.

Enviah will present a series of webinars on the physical environment and patient experience.

About Our Founder

Dr. Lorissa MacAllister, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Lorissa MacAllister blends her healthcare and architectural expertise to pioneer a unique approach to design in the healthcare industry and beyond. She has led operational assessments, and facilitated integrating people and place with a clear process for some of the largest healthcare systems in the country. With a background in architecture and medical social work, Dr. MacAllister is interested in the way people interact with – and are affected by – the physical environment. Her research focuses on exploring direct outcome measures such as H-CAHPS scores and effectiveness and productivity.  As a thought leader in her field, MacAllister serves on many national boards, to develop a way to standardize the process of creating environments for health.


Laurie Placinski, Vice President of Design

Laurie Placinski utilizes her talents to provide an integrated design approach that is customized to meet each clients’ unique need. With almost 20 years of experience, Laurie combines her clinical healthcare experience with her background in design to create solutions that support the patient experience, staff culture and strategic business objectives. She applies her unique perspective to the design process to ensure that the built environment supports the way you would like to deliver care.