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USC Health Care Graduate Studio Presentation

January 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

Free – $15

USC Health Care Graduate Studio Presentation

During 2018, the USC School of Architecture began to explore a more formal presence for Health Care design problems in its graduate studio program. In Fall, 2018, a 2-unit seminar (ARCH 522 Health Care Design) was created to provide a broad-based introduction to the topic. The course was offered in conjunction with a 6-unit Graduate Design Studio (ARCH 705) to create an in-depth offering. The courses were designed to inform one another and the seminar was opened to the studio students as well as other architecture students and students from other disciplines. The seminar attracted a total of 22 students (11 of which were from the studio class). This reception will highlight the work of the USC School of Architecture Graduate Students.

The studio topic was a 100,000 SF outpatient rehabilitation center on a 6-acre site at the east edge of Barnsdall Park where a 50-year-old shopping center is currently located. Students were challenged to create a building with 6 clinics, an exercise facility, a healing garden and an education center. They were also expected to connect the building with the park (on the east), Vermont Avenue (on the west) and to a new grove of olive trees (following the 1994 Barnsdall Park master plan) to the north.

Schedule of Meeting:

4:30-5:00PM Networking
5:00-5:30PM General AIA announcements & Introduction to student work
5:30-6:30PM Students presentations


  • Victor Regnier, FAIA -Professor, USC

Learning Objectives:

  • A display of graduate student studio solutions to an out- patient rehabilitation center on a challenging site in Hollywood.
  • The use of a combination studio/seminar teaching model that focused on studio-based design decision making as well as history, contemporary design trends, public health considerations, specialized hospital spaces/components and technological advancement.
  • The design exploration of contemporary health care themes typical of those to be found in projects today.
  • The future possibilities for health care architecture design and research studies in academic settings at USC Architecture and other schools in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Photo Credit: USC

Victor Regnier, FAIA -Professor, USC

Victor Regnier FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Gerontology, who taught the studio and seminar will provide an orientation to the studio design and seminar offering. Short presentations will be made by students followed by Q+A and discussion. Ten Student projects will be mounted for display. Graduate students will be stationed near their project to describe their ideas.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thanks to the following firms and organizations who provided lectures, site visits and review support throughout the semester for the seminar and studio.

Architecture, Landscape and Engineering Firms Involved in the Studio/Seminar:

  • Lehrer Architects
  • SmithGroup
  • HOK
  • HKS
  • CO Architects
  • HGA
  • ZGF
  • NBBJ
  • Canon-Yazdani Studio
  • Superjacent Landscape Architecture
  • AHBE Landscape Design
  • USC Faculty
  • Cal Poly Pomona Faculty
  • ARUP Engineers
  • USC Physical Therapy


  • Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, Downey
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Kaiser Permanente, Baldwin Village, Los Angeles
  • Vantage Technology
  • Thomas Safran and Associates

NOTE: RSVP at least 5 days before the event (Friday– 1/11/18) to get free parking. Otherwise, parking is $12 at the kiosk or off campus.


January 16
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free – $15
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AIA|LA Architecture in Healthcare Committee


Watt One – USC School of Architecture
850 Bloom Walk
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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