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Defying Expectations in Cancer Care

April 21, 2021 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

Free – $20.00

Defying Expectations in Cancer Care

AIALA Committee: Healthcare

This is a virtual event. Zoom information will be emailed directly to registrants 24 hours before each event.

CES Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Acknowledgements: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, SmithGroup, Rudolph and Sletten

Join Francisco Owens, AIA (Designer, SmithGroup) and Lawrence D. Piro M.D. (CEO, The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, a Cedars-Sinai affiliate) & Zeke Triana, AIA (Vice President, FPD&C, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center); in an engaging conversation and virtual walkthrough of the innovative 45,000 GSF, The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute on Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles. The spaces are visually clean and calm with art as inspirational focal points to support the physical and emotional journeys of the patients and families. The design solution works to alleviate apprehension and the fear of testing upon arrival, highlight the clarity of finding diagnosis results, facilitate rebirth through treatment, and celebrate the relief of departure from the clinic. The materiality, colors and articulation of each space mirror the moments in the process and reinforces the sense of care and comfort of the facility for the patients and staff. Capturing the community’s need for specialized outpatient services, The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute includes a comprehensive oncology center with clinical laboratory, infusion therapy, clinic areas, multi-modality imaging, interventional radiology and research. A multi-phased user-in-place construction approach allowed the facility to remain operational during construction and will be discussed.



Dr. Lawrence D. Piro, MD, President & CEO, The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute, affiliate of Cedars-Sinai
Dr. Lawrence D. Piro is a world-renowned oncologist, researcher, and lecturer whose career includes work on the discovery and treatment of novel therapeutics to combat cancer. He has achieved recognition for developing new cancer drugs and global fame for his unique brand of intellect, charm and honesty in discussing health issues on the CBS network television show, The Doctors. For Dr. Piro, taking care of patients is not about treating, it is about healing, which involves many factors beyond science and medicine. The work he did with The SmithGroup was fundamental in creating a physical space that embodies these principles and harnesses music, light, art and space to assist medicine in the healing process.


Zeke Triana, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
As Vice President of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Zeke is responsible for the oversight of real estate and capital projects from initial concept through project closeout. He oversees the Facilities department comprised of over 60 staff members including architects, planners, project managers and engineers. His experience in over 30 years of professional practice includes responsibility in all aspects of project delivery for a variety of public and institutional projects ranging from healthcare to academic research facilities. Having worked both as an architect and an owner, he has experience in the programmatic, functional and technical elements of planning, design and construction.


Francisco Owens, AIA, Design Principal, SmithGroup
As a Principal Designer at the SmithGroup Los Angeles office, Francisco Owens is instrumental in growing the firm’s project portfolio in the Southern California market. His work thoughtfully interplays high-design with technology and art to solve client needs. He is known for his meticulous attention to detail, technical expertize and masterful visualization skills. Through close collaboration he provides the client a comprehensive vision of the designed space and its use. His design versatility extends from small high-design interiors to standalone complex institutional, academic, and research buildings throughout the country. He addresses the buildings’ contexts from an urban and regional perspective, understanding that they require sensitivity to the climate and always produces the most environmentally sustainable solution. In this way, Francisco believes your project will evolve to become its own unique architectural solution.


Jacob Mastour, Project Manager / Project Architect, SmithGroup
Jacob’s solution-focused designs and technical expertise support the efficiency and foresight of SmithGroup’s work. He brings more than 17 years of experience in design, documentation and construction administration of healthcare projects. His deep commitment to the success of each project and collaborative engagement with the project teams make him an invaluable team leader. He is detail-oriented, passionate about design and brings extensive knowledge of code and accessibility issues to collaborative team processes. He has worked closely with code officials for DSA, OSHPD and the local governing agencies and planning departments such as DSA, OSHPD, LA-DBS, LAFD, and Los Angeles Planning Department.


Learning Objectives:

+ Realizing client vision and design goal setting based on each cancer patient’s unique journey from discovery to recovery.
+ Designing a transformative environment for the cancer patient that engages the senses through unconventional use of space, materials, lighting and visual art
+ Understanding effects of design on patient care & patient and staff satisfaction
+ Dealing with complexities of phased construction and compliance to jurisdictional requirements and understanding its impact on cost, schedule and clinic operation


April 21, 2021
4:45 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Free – $20.00
Event Category:


A virtual ZOOM meeting


AIA|LA Architecture in Healthcare Committee


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