Brenna Costello


"I love the challenge of the profession, and knowing our designs help improve patient outcomes."

In 2012, the American Institute of Architects named Brenna one of the country's "Emerging Professionals." We couldn't agree more. She's earning a national reputation for her work in the planning and design of advanced rehabilitation facilities, including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a world-class facility devoted to military veterans recovering from traumatic brain injuries, and is now working on nine similar centers being built across the country. "I love the challenge of the profession," she says, "and knowing our designs help improve patient outcomes." It seems Brenna seeks out challenges in her personal time, too; she is a nationally-ranked rugby player who coaches collegiate teams. "For better or worse, my athletic endeavors have taught me more about medicine than I ever thought I would know," she admits.

Rehabilitation Facilities

"40 Under 40," Building Design + Construction (2016); Emerging Professionals, American Institute of Architects (2012); SmithGroupJJR C3 Award (2012)

Professional Credentials
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC)

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Community Involvement

Brenna participates in Canstruction, an industry-wide team design competition to build fantastic, giant structures made entirely out of canned food, which are then donated to local food banks.