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Monday, October 8, 2018  |  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Fiat Lux: Aspirational Headlines in 2007 / Real Headlines in 2017

Annie Coull
Vice President, Stantec Architecture, Inc
J. Stuart Eckblad, FAIA
VP, Major Capital Construction Projects, UCSF Health

‘Let there be light’ – Fiat Lux – is the motto of the University of California. In 2007, a competition was held to select the design team for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay which was to open exactly 8 years later. One design team considered UCSF’S aspirations for the new campus and wrote a newsletter, Fiat Lux, envisioning the headlines and stories that would be published about the Medical Center on January 22, 2018, 3 years after its opening. UCSF’s vision for Advancing Health Worldwide was reflected in Fiat Lux with focus on the excellence of programs for children, women and cancer, and the engagement of community and cultural institutions. Fast forward to January 2018. If published today, what would Fiat Lux say about the Medical Center? In a world of constant and precipitous change, which predictions were realized and how did the built environment accommodate UCSF’s evolving vision for innovation in medicine in its own community and beyond?



1. Identify the changes in healthcare, including technology, that impacted the early concepts
2. Explore how project delivery affected the final design and construction
3. Share what we learned about implementing the early concepts-what was our reality?
4. Describe the competition/contradiction of goals and impact to operations?

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH