Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Rush University Medical Center is uniquely suited to contain infectious diseases and respond to surges that occur during public health crises. What lessons does it offer for architects of future hospitals?
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Join us for a panel discussion moderated by CAC President and CEO Lynn Osmond with people who were close to the Rush project: retired Rush University Medical Center CEO Dr. Larry Goodman and Perkins and Will Principal Ralph Johnson. We’ll examine how designers can construct a united response to a common crisis that includes under-resourced hospitals and temporary facilities, and the ways design innovation can help get us there.
Program Moderator: Lynn Osmond
Lynn Osmond assumed the position of President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation in 1996. She led the creation and introduction in 2018 of the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a 20,000-square-foot home that moves Chicago architecture to the center of the city’s cultural conversation. Osmond is responsible for overseeing the CAC’s comprehensive slate of architecture tours, exhibitions, discussions, lectures, education programs and more. Under Osmond’s leadership, the CAC has realized 400 percent growth in revenue and is consistently ranked among Chicago’s top ten cultural institutions. Today, CAC serves more than 680,000 people each year.
Program Speaker: Larry Goodman
Larry J. Goodman, MD, was CEO of Rush University Medical Center from February 2002 to May 2019, and served a dual role as president of Rush University until Feb. 2, 2019. In addition, Goodman was the first CEO of the Rush University System for Health, serving in this role from March 2017 to May 2019. He holds the academic rank of professor of internal medicine and is the University's James A. Campbell, MD, Distinguished Service Professor. Under Goodman’s leadership, Rush University Medical Center became nationally recognized for excellence in patient care, breakthrough research, community engagement and technological innovation while also returning to and maintaining a position of solid financial strength.
Program Speaker: Ralph Johnson
Ralph grew up on the South Side of Chicago, just down the street from Frank Lloyd Wright’s R.W. Evans House. He found the design of the house fascinating, and by the time he reached grade school, he had already decided to become an architect. Never one to stray from his goals, Ralph was the first in his family to go to college and started his career by doing industrial architecture for Chicago’s famous stockyards. Though not a particularly glamorous job, he knew it would be a great learning experience—and he was right. From the stockyards, Ralph eventually went on to design some of the most iconic buildings in Chicago and around the world. In 2015, he was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Design. Outside of architecture, Ralph takes inspiration from minimalist art of the 1960s. He lives by the philosophy that the best thing anyone can do is learn from their toughest challenges.
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