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Designing The Future: Toyota Gemba Walk

November 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

$25 – $35

Toyota Gemba Walk

The Toyota Production System (Lean) is a philosophy and comprehensive array of tools that is transforming healthcare delivery and deeply impacting the design and construction industry. Lean offers a way to build high performance teams that are consistently able to greater outcomes with fewer resources. In healthcare design this has led to team collaboration spaces in the care environment, planning around universal platforms and supply chain changes. In design and construction, Lean is arguably the most reliable method of achieving integration and collaboration in a team and has produced some extraordinary project outcomes.

This tour will provide an overview of Lean principles followed by a walk of the production line to see these principles in action. We will conclude with a Q&A discussion focused on understanding what we observed and how it can be applied to Design and Construction. The AIA is hosting this tour in partnership with the Lean Construction Institute.


  1. Understand at a high level lean principles and tools
  2. Understand differences between Lean and traditional operating systems
  3. Directly observe Lean principles and tools in action in the organization that developed them
  4. Discuss the use of the Lean operating system in the design and construction industry


Stan Chu – AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers

Stan Chiu is a collaborative leader, an architect motivated to assemble and direct high performance teams to serve fundamental human needs. He is a leader in Lean Design and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and has helped develop such core Lean IPD tools as Target Value Design and Set Based Design. Stan has lectured at national conferences and authored numerous articles on architecture, healthcare delivery, and Lean Design. His volunteer work includes serving on professional, educational and healthcare boards. He received a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.

Jeff White – Senior Logistics Manager, Toyota Logistics Services (TLS)

Jeff White is responsible for all production, logistics and administrative functions at the facility. The Long Beach team accessorizes and ships Toyota and Lexus vehicles throughout the southwestern United States. White was previously the Senior Logistics Manager at TLS San Antonio TX and the Production Manager at TLS Princeton IN. White joined Toyota in 1989 and has spent the majority of his career in the production and logistics areas. He has also held positions in accounting and environmental, health and safety. White holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky.



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Special thanks to Toyota for hosting this event at their center!


November 6, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$25 – $35


AIA|LA Architecture in Healthcare Committee
Lean Construction Institute


Toyota Logistics Services
785 Edison Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813 United States
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