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Cynthia Shonaiya

Cynthia Shonaiya


Senior Living studio.

As a principal in HCM’s Multifamily studio, Cynthia Shonaiya has over 21 years of experience, spanning three continents with projects on five. A senior living design specialist, she has led many of Hord Coplan Macht’s senior housing, and assisted living projects including the new Brightview Greentree community in Evesham, New Jersey and the recently completed Brightview in Towson, MD.

Cynthia has been a presenter on senior living design at conferences including a recent session on Sustainable Design in Senior Living.  She is a member of the Maryland Board of Architects.

Cindy is voracious reader:

I read everything, including the small print on cereal boxes! Having been educated in Europe, Africa, and the US I have been lucky to have been exposed to a broad range of great literature. My favorite book of all time though is ‘The Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel. It is the story of a boy who was shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days and survived in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Indeed creating great architecture can be just like wrestling with a Bengal tiger in many ways!