Carl Christiansen


"Delivering great design requires a variety of talents and skills, the contributions of many, great communication, and strong relationships."

As leader of the San Francisco Healthcare Architecture Studio, Carl has led many of the firm’s largest and most technically complex healthcare projects. They include a specialty hospital and research complex in New Delhi, India, and a template hospital program for Kaiser Permanente, creating design and construction concepts that can be replicated throughout the growing Kaiser network. “It involved synthesizing and understanding the healthcare system’s needs and goals,” Carl explained about the Kaiser program. “We came up with a solution to a complex set of issues that will also provide a healing environment.” The project exemplifies what Carl enjoys about his career. Where he once thought architecture “was just about creating buildings,” he says, “I soon learned it was about creating a great design that not only functions as intended, but also lifts the human spirit and leaves a sense of place.” One place that’s on his life list: visiting Africa to observe the wildlife.

Healthcare Templates/Prototypes, Lean, Studio Leader, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

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