AIA San Francisco and AIA Los Angeles present Future Care: Design for Health Symposium

San Francisco, United States, 2014-10-30 - AIA San Francisco in partnership with AIA Los Angeles presents the 2nd annual  Future Care: Design for Health on Friday, November 21 at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. Gathering the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction, this one-day conference will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

"Future Care is an excellent opportunity, with leaders of California’s largest healthcare providers and the builders and designers of our healthcare facilities assembled, to consider the impact of a changing healthcare environment– not only in the places we seek medical care, but also in our homes and communities," explains John Kouletsis, AIA San Francisco Board Ex Officio President and Vice President, Facilities Planning and Design at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Throughout the day attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet industry leaders and discover best practices in change management– not only in the healthcare industry but also in other industries that have faced sudden or unexpected change or growth due to external forces. This conference aims to prepare architects, engineers, hospital owners, developers, general contractors and innovators from other fields to respond to today's changing environment and collaboratively and effectively design and build the next generation of healthcare.

The conference will open with comments from  Chris Raker, AIA, Managing Principal of Raker Architects, who has forty years' experience in the management of interdisciplinary project teams.  Richard Joseph Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP, Hon ASLA, Hon AIA, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Jackson is credited with pioneering the field of wellness design. His keynote address will explain how the built environment can help or hinder our ability to lead healthy lives.

Other participating leaders include  Chris Arkenberg, Strategy and Research Lead for Orange Silicon Valley;  Veenu Aulakh, Executive Director at the Center for Care Innovations (CCI);  David Butler, Founder of Natural Pools;  Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts;  Chris Downey, AIA, Architecture for the Blind;  Tiffany Figoni, Director of Product Development for Health Net of CA: Salud y Mas;  Michael W. Folonis, FAIA, Principal of Michael W. Folonis Architects;  Scott Foral, Managing Principal - HC Planning at HDR;  Barbara Garcia, MPA, Director of Health at San Francisco Departent of Public Health;  Frances Ridlehoover, Managing Partner of Jensen + Partners (TBC);  Katie Rovere, Senior Consultant of Organizational Effectiveness for Kaiser Permanente;  Surbhi Sarna, Founder of nVision Medical;  Matthew Shaffer, Division Marketing Director at The Trust for Public Land;  Michael Willis, AIA, Principal at MWA Architects.

A new paradigm in healthcare is emerging. Healthcare leaders will discuss the way designing for health should evolve, and groundbreaking designers will share ideas and inventions that address community, innovation and design in a Pecha Kucha-style series of presentations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to draw from the many sources of inspiration delivered during the day and share their ideas during break-out sessions.

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