Patricia Cornelison, 2017 Health Leader
Location: Boston, MA
Patricia Cornelison, Principal at Arrowstreet a Boston-based architectural and design firm. She has been the lead designer and project architect on numerous award-winning projects since joining the firm in 1991. Her background in Fine Arts and Industrial Arts has given her a broad understanding of design concepts, materials, and construction that generates creative and practical solutions to complex design problems. Pat is a leading voice in the field of sustainable planning and design and healthy environments and has numerous accolades for her thought leadership. Pat strives to use architecture to meaningfully impact people’s lives and wellbeing. Her passion is evidenced in the work she has done leading Arrowstreet’s planning projects for the U.S. military, such as for the Office of the Secretary Of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative, which aims to improve health outcomes and create a healthier environment for military members and their families. She was the designer for the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, Boston’s first LEED Platinum building, and a founding member of the Massachusetts chapter of the US Green Building Council. She has also presented at a number of MA Chapter of USGBC and military conferences and taught classes about LEED to continue to push for healthy environments and sustainability in architecture.
Why are you motivated to participate in the Health Leaders Network? How will your participation enhance your current and future work?
I am currently engaged in several large studies for the Department of Defense focusing on community planning to make a positive impact on the health of military members and their families and to improve quality of life on military installations. As part of a larger team, Arrowstreet focuses on the physical and built environment and how it can promote and enable a healthy lifestyle.