Cleveland Clinic has appointed Christopher Connell, a partner at the London architectural firm Foster + Partners, as its chief design officer, beginning June 12.

In this newly created role, Connell will be responsible for the creation, strategic alignment and execution of architecture and other design initiatives to create environments consistent with Cleveland Clinic.

As a partner at Foster + Partners, Connell was involved in the creation of the Cleveland Clinic Master Plan, which was designed to provide a campus-like environment for patients and serve as a road map for future development. Connell has also been involved in the design of Cleveland Clinic’s Health Education Campus, which will include a 27,000-square-foot atrium and four stories of learning spaces.

In his time at Foster + Partners, Connell has worked on more than 100 projects around the world, with his completed buildings receiving more than 40 awards. His involvement has ranged from architecture, industrial and interior design to infrastructure and master-planning.