Alumni Michael Folonis (M.Arch. II ' 94) has recieved the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) 2013 Design Award in the Built, Less than $25 million in construction cost category for the UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center in Santa Monica, California.
Michael W. Folonis Architects (MWFA) designed an inspiring healthcare center with a focus on patient experience and sustainability. The award-winning building—slated for LEED Gold certification—is an elegant balance of aesthetics, efficiency, and sensitivity. The massing of the building consists of two great rectangular volumes in a combination of board-formed and cast-in-place concrete, fronted with glass, louvers, and light shelves. The two distinct volumes are joined by a glass box creating a grand atrium bathed in natural light. The imperatives of transparency and function, and the aesthetic of early California Modernism, are all richly evident in the passive solar design, the building skin’s glass and concrete, the interior’s exposed steel, and sweeping sight lines both inside out and outside in.
The design has been carried out beautifully. The jury finds that ecological features of this design are noteworthy to the design field for consideration for building sustainable designs.
This project is a strong collaboration between urban planning and healthcare planning. The use of modernist space-making to connect the interior spaces to a garden which in turn addresses the urban context as a middle landscape makes for well situated urban building. The sequestration of the automobile is welcomed, and dramatic.