Health and Science

The San Francisco Bay Area is a leading hub of biotech research, and the life sciences and healthcare industries. The AIASF Health + Science Committee is dedicated to advancing innovation and knowledge to support Bay Area professionals engaged in the design, construction, and operations of healthcare facilities, healthy communities, and research facilities.


First Friday of each month, 12:00 - 1:00 PM


Gail Collins, AIA

Lamona Wood, AIA

Zandra Bucheli
Science Chair

Sara Shamloo, AIA
Communications Director

Previous Programs

The Birthplace of Biotech: Exploring Gateway of Pacific

This session will describe unique program requirements, performance strategies, and place-making for research environments as we explore the Gateway of Pacific campus which is now nearing completion and reflects both the strong tradition and new directions in Bay Area life science.

Gateway of Pacific is a landmark, delivering premier laboratory and office space at the front door to South San Francisco’s flourishing biotechnology community. This fully-integrated campus is designed to the highest institutional standards, featuring distinct and robust buildings within an active, urban-park setting.

South San Francisco is considered the Birthplace of Biotechnology, the hub of biotech industry and the home of industry giants such as Genentech Inc. Anchored by a thriving Biotech community, which continues to grow, South San Francisco is home to the largest biotech cluster in the world, with over 200 biotech companies, and 11.5-million square feet of biotech space on 500-acres.


Person-Centered Wayfinding at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Campus

How do you create a "radically inclusive" wayfinding system? Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) hospital recognized that challenges in navigating their campus had become a barrier to serving their community.

ZSFG aspired to develop a comprehensive and integrated wayfinding strategy to support current and future building renovations and additions on campus, construction disruptions, and department and clinic relocations. ZSFG is a high-volume public safety net hospital, trauma center, and healthcare campus serving a diverse population with wide-ranging mobility, sensory, cognitive, cultural, socio-economic, language, literacy, and acuity needs. Originally built in the late 1800's, the expansive campus now has thirteen buildings and continues to grow and change.

In this session, Boulder Associates Architects' research team, BA/Science, describe their person-centered approach which gathered evidence to point designers and decision makers in the right direction. Research activities were designed to understand how diverse campus users create internal maps, calculate routes, and recognize distinct places in current and future states. Results from this study provided recommendations for the design of wayfinding signage & graphics, operational process improvements, and infrastructure improvements.


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

This session discusses 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.


OSHPD Project Closeout: Closing Your Project with eServices Portal (eSP)

After a hospital or skilled nursing facility project has received a building permit, the presentation will explain the required steps for architects and engineers to efficiently move through construction and the best way to closeout the project.


Designing with Empathy: How Environment Impacts a Cancer Patient’s Journey

For cancer patients navigating a complex and emotional journey, a cancer care facility’s design should be centered on empathy. Today’s healthcare industry is looking for innovations to improve the patient experience by changing the environment, the roles that staff play, and the ways patients receive information. In this session, we will discuss one of our HMC recent research studies in which an empathic design approach is being implemented to discover patients’ feelings, thoughts, and behaviors at different stages of cancer care journey. We will review fascinating stories from individuals who have either been patients themselves or had a family member in treatment. Focusing on cancer care design, research, and operation, we will discuss how technology, innovations in cancer treatments, and emerging cancer care delivery models will impact how we design the cancer care facilities of tomorrow.


Continuing Education

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