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AHC Spring 2024: Opportunities and Challenges of Healthcare Delivery

What factors are at play when planning and designing healthcare delivery facilities in the urban environment today?

Join the Architecture for Health Committee (AHC) for the annual AHC Spring Conference, keynoted by the team from Harborview Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center for the 4-state region, highlighting their work on the Bond Capital Program. Their presentation will focus on the unique service provided by HMC, the relationship between King County, and the UW Medicine System and their upcoming Bond Program Developments.

A panel of hospital executives will have a moderated discussion on the realities of strategic capital deployment and project delivery in healthcare today and HDR will share design considerations focused on the caregiver. We will also hear presentations from Perkins & Will on the Swedish First Hill Tower, and SRG + Cannon Design will present a virtual tour of the UW Behavioral Health Teaching Facility.

COVID Safety/Accessibility: AIA Seattle strongly encourages masking to demonstrate community care. Our venue is fully accessible, with zero-step entry and an onsite accessible restroom. Please note in your registration if you would like to be contacted about specific accommodations to fully participate in the program, including but not limited to sign language interpretation.

This program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Architecture for Health Committee. Please contact Anthony Collins with any questions or concerns.


Friday, May 17, 2024
8:30am – 3:40pm | Conference + Virtual Tour – Hyatt at Olive 8 – 1635 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Map, Parking + Transportation

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*All sessions and speakers are subject to change.


Includes continuing education credit (6 LU/ HSW) + light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.

$150.00 AIA Member/Corporate Allied Partner (CAP)/Allied Member
$150.00 Government
$100.00 AIA Associate Member
$225.00 Non-Member
$60.00 Student/Emeritus

Want to learn more about the reduced ticket rate and other benefits associated with membership? Visit our membership pages to learn more about the benefits of joining AIA Seattle.

There are four (4) scholarship/reduced rate slots available for this program. If interested, please contact Josh Kolberg by Thursday, May 2nd.


Eric Meub, AIA, LEED AP, Design Director, HDR Architects | Eric is an award winning, high-concept and high energy thought-leader, design-leader and practice-leader with a passion for the evolving missions of healthcare. He offers a background of forty-four years of architectural experience, forty of which have been dedicated to master planning, medical planning and design of large, complex healthcare and academic projects. Has led design and/or master-planning for such world renowned Academic Medical Centers as Stanford University, UCSF and MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has led the design and planning for Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, the University of Kentucky as well as multiple large projects for Intermountain Healthcare and other healthcare systems.

Jennifer Taylor, AIA, Assoc. DBIA, LEED Green Associate,  Sr. Strategic Delivery Manager, HDR Architects | As a Sr. Strategic Delivery Manager at HDR, Jennifer specializes in leading large and complex alternative delivery projects. Her more than 25 years of experience includes four years at Oregon Health and Science University leading the Design and Construction Department. She is passionate about transforming project delivery to improve outcomes for all parties through building successful teams, collaboration, and innovation. Jennifer earned a Master’s in Architecture from Yale and is a licensed architect in Oregon. She is a member of the AIA Contract Documents Committee and serves on the DBIA Oregon Chapter Steering Committee. She recently completed the UC Davis certificate program, Advanced Studies in Estimating and Integrated Cost Management. Jennifer has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 15 years, is an avid backyard birder, and enjoys hiking and skiing with her family on the weekends.

Susan Suhar, IIDA, NCIQ, LEED AP, WELL AP, FITWEL, Interior Design Director, HDR Architects | As the West Region Interior Design Director, Susan helps leads the vision, strategy, and growth for HDR’s interiors practice. With over 25 years of experience, her leadership has fueled award-winning projects in Health, Workplace, and Life Science markets. Susan’s commitment to excellence ensures the consistent delivery of quality design, innovative solutions, and unparalleled client service. Passionate about sustainable and equitably designed environments, she strives to create spaces that inspire and contribute to overall occupant well-being. Susan’s expertise lies in weaving creativity and functionality, elevating HDR’s interiors practice to new heights in the pursuit of transformative design. She has presented seminars on Sensory Design, ESG & the Built Environment, and Interiors Commissioning and has also participated in multiple panel discussions on Healthcare Design, Sustainable Interiors, Future of Design and Fostering Emerging Leaders. Susan volunteers with industry organizations such as IIDA SoCal, where she is the VP of Professional Development and leads the IIDA Los Angeles Emerging Leaders program. She is on the NeoCon Program Advisory Committee and is on the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards committee.

*Additional speakers to-be-announced. All speakers are subject to change.


  • Participants will learn about the opportunities and challenges when planning for large scale public health (local/county) facility investments.
  • Participants will learn about the complexity of planning and design for private/not-for-profit healthcare institutions in highly complex urban environments while managing the challenges and changes that Covid created.
  • Participants will learn about design considerations for caregivers.  Creating a supportive environment to help with high stress working conditions.
  • Participants will hear a panel discussion amongst leaders of urban healthcare institutions regarding strategic capital allocation and project delivery mechanisms.


The Hyatt at Olive 8 is offering a select number of discounted rooms for those attending the AHC Spring 2024 Conference! Enter offer code SEASOC at checkout here to receive 15% off the best available rate for rooms on 5/16.

Guests may see that there is a lower Member rate available. You are also welcome to book this with your World of Hyatt membership, however this specific rate does require a deposit payment at the time of booking. The discount code about does not require a deposit, only a credit card to guarantee the reservation.

For questions related to hotel accommodations, please contact the Hyatt at Olive 8.


 EBD ServicesSellen Construction | Stantec
Aldrich + Associates | Coughlin Porter Lundeen | GLY Construction | Hoffman Construction Co.
Lease Crutcher LewisP2S Inc.| PCS Structural Solutions | Säzän Group, Inc. | UMC, Inc.
BNBuilders | Jensen Hughes | PAE


Join the Architecture for Health Committee!

The Architecture for Health Committee (AHC) is a Pacific Northwest committee of individuals who are interested in healthcare architecture and the effort to improve the quality of planning, operation, design and construction of health care facilities. The diverse membership brings together architects and related disciplines interested in the development and practice of design excellence three times per year for a day of sessions and tours.

AHC Board Co-Chairs:
Josh Kolberg AIA
Jim Wolch AIA

Check out AIA Seattle’s other Professional and Member Committees to participate in programs, events, and forward-thinking conversations.

Program, Registration, or Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Senior Coordinator of Member Engagement  Anthony Collins.

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Development Manager Zee Mars.


May 17
8:30 am - 3:40 pm
Event Price
$60 - $225
Class Credit
6 LU , HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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