Smooth Operator: Baskervill Welcomes New Healthcare Principal

Here’s a lesser-known fact about award-winning healthcare architect Alex Smislova Jr., AIA, LEED AP—he’s a major Bruce Springsteen fan (with 25 ticket stubs to prove it). “Springsteen knows his audience, delivering a consistent and immersive experience from venue to venue,” says Alex, who you might say takes a similar approach to designing state-of-the-art medical environments. With unrelenting focus and understanding of the people using and accessing medical services, Alex delivers flexible, efficient spaces where complex operations are performed—all without missing a beat.

It’s this people-first mindset that Alex will wield as our newest principal tasked with overseeing, managing, and expanding the firm’s healthcare studio from our Washington DC office. With 35 years of experience and an impressive portfolio of federal, corporate, institutional, laboratory, and healthcare design projects, Alex‘s wealth of industry know-how is invaluable. He’s worked with NASA, Kaiser Permanente, The National Institutes of Health, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Institute for Genomic Research, Invitrogen Life Sciences, Georgetown University, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Just like Springsteen, Alex is known for throwing himself into his work with bottomless energy and enthusiasm. “We’re partnering with healthcare giants on multi-phase initiatives across multiple properties—and with Alex, we’ll continue to build upon those relationships and expand our reach to support our clients’ long-term growth plans in new ways,” says Baskervill President Bob Clark, PE. Alex’s addition cements a strategic move for the studio to lead healthcare projects from Baskervill’s bustling Washington DC office.

Healthcare expertise has been a staple for our firm since the early days of its founding. In recent years, the studio has specialized in designing acute inpatient environments, critical care and emergency medical facilities, medical office buildings, ambulatory care facilities, and diagnostic and treatment facilities for clients such as Patient First, Kaiser Permanente, UVA Health System, and VCU Medical Center.

Alex’s design journey got an early start; his father was a structural engineer, and though “the structural genes skipped a generation,” he jokes, he relished the feeling of being immersed in such an impactful industry. His portfolio—developed at firms like Dewberry, HDR, Notari Associates, and Page—includes a number of noteworthy projects, including a facility used by a team of NASA scientists to develop highly specialized instruments for use on Mars and a modular design concept for medical facilities throughout villages in Senegal and Tanzania, which won two regional AIA design awards.

“As designers, we’re privileged, because we get to partner with organizations that are making a real difference in the daily lives of people who most need welcoming spaces,” says Alex. “Every project is a chance to create a space that serves, engages, and calls forward the very best from a wide audience of end-users, from the medical staff who require a lean design, to the patients and guests who want a calm and meaningful place of wellness.”

Join us in welcoming Alex to our team, and if you find yourself in Washington DC, stop by our office and say hello!