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    Designing a Place of Hope: The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building at UCSF Mission Bay

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

    Photo credit: Tim Griffith

    This AIA San Francisco presentation will reference the recently completed Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences building as a case study for communicating design concepts that include translating the client’s vision into design, development of the design in an IPD big room setting, clinical and lab planning for a neuroscience facility, and designing for seismic resiliency while supporting the project’s goals.

    The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building will serve as headquarters for the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, uniting departments of neurology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and neurological surgery. It will promote collaboration, bringing together multi-departmental clinics and clinical research centers along with dedicated laboratories, and computational research. A cross-disciplinary hub, the building will drive advances aimed at new treatments for disorders of the brain and nervous system while providing expert and compassionate care for patients.

    This high-performing and complex building includes 68,000 sf Wet Research, 70,000 sf Dry Research, 60,000 sf Clinical Space, two 3T MRIs, and 15,000 sf of Shared/Support Program. The 282,900 sf Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building opened in the summer of 2021 at UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus.

    This program is accredited by AIASF to provide 1 HSW learning unit to AIA member attendees

    Registration for this session is open at the bottom of this page


    Learning Objectives

    1. Translating Donor and University vision into an elegant and welcoming place of hope
    2. Realization and execution of the design within an IPD approach and for an academic client with a complex group of stakeholders
    3. Clinical planning for dignity and integration for patients with all neurological conditions
    4. Planning facilities for neuroscience research
    5. Designing for seismic resilience


    About the Presenters

    Paul Davison, RIBA
    Senior Associate | Mark Cavagnero Associates

    A generalist by nature, with over 20 years of diverse experience, Paul focuses his keen eye towards uniting the design ambition and technical implementation of his work to create considered, elegant and holistic solutions that are attuned with the client’s and stakeholder’s goals.

    Ray Pugliesi, SE
    Senior Principal | Degenkolb Engineers

    Ray has more than 30 years of structural engineering experience, with an emphasis on complex healthcare and educational research facilities. He promotes creativity and versatility in his design work. Ray never “throws structural issues over the fence” and works with design teams to create holistic solutions to achieve project goals.

    Jon Riddle, AIA
    Principal | SmithGroup

    Jon has more than 20 years of architectural experience, with a focus on science and tech facilities. He believes that communication is key, along with advancing the project’s goals, and promoting a collaborative and integrated design approach. A holistic thinker, he anticipates challenges and seeks opportunities for innovation.

    Sally Whiteley, RIBA
    Associate | SmithGroup

    Sally has over 20 years of experience in architecture and construction. Always with an eye on the patient experience, her passion is to deliver healing environments which are a pleasure for patients and clinicians. Experienced in dealing with user groups, contractors, OSHPD and specialists, she can maximize the potential of existing and new buildings and deliver a project which exceeds the expectations of all.


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    Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
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