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Sharon Szalai is a Principal at PF&A Design in Norfolk, VA.
Sharon Szalai is a Healthcare Architect / Managing Principal of Design. Sharon has expertise in new construction for medical office buildings and hospital renovations and expansions covering various departments such as Emergency Departments, Radiology, Cath Labs, Surgery, Pharmacy's, and Physical Therapy. Her radiology experience includes MRI's, CT's, EOS, and Gamma Knife.
Sharon Szalai joined PF&A in 2003 as a Project Architect and was promoted to Principal in 2006. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Architecture and minor studies in Interior Architecture including studies abroad at Darmstadt University in Germany, Sharon Szalai has over 30 years of experience in architecture.
Sharon’s diversified background and project experience provided the springboard to become a national Architecture and Interior Architecture design award winner. Additionally, Sharon was honored with the “Woman of The Year Award” from Inside Business Magazine for her vision and talent. In her own words, “My inspiration comes from my clients….their goals are my goals. Together we create inspirational design. My ‘aha’ moments for design solutions simply come while listening to the users, or driving from the office to my house, or as a morning thought when I wake…always ready with a sketchbook nearby.”
Creating patient-centered, team-based care models that foster a collaborative work environment is a design goal for every project. The most important quality as a designer is to listen, listen, and listen more…..then to “problem solve” that exceed the clients’ expectations. Transparency and honesty go a long way. Everyone solves problems differently, bringing their own life experiences to the process. Problem-solving is never simply one way, black or white; rather, it’s a collaborative, iterative process toward a successful solution.
During a project, Sharon takes the client through the steps of design, from schematics through construction. Planning, feasibility cost analysis and “hands-on” involvement create success! At PF&A, we embrace our dialogue with clients…expressing our ideas in real-time hand-sketches or through virtual reality. Serving clients, the users, and the community through design is the driver of Sharon’s creativity.
Away from the office, she spends time sailing, boating, paddle boarding, entertaining…. and enjoying life with her three dogs and many friends!
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