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Damon Barda Joins c|a ARCHITECTS as Senior Architectural Designer


Damon Barda, AIA, LEED AP B+C has joined the c|a team as a Senior Architectural Designer. Damon has been on the design side of project delivery since he entered the profession in the late 1980’s. His healthcare design experience has included everything from the design of a seven-story acute care hospital to clinics, central plants and most everything in between.

In Damon’s new role, he is charged with leading the design process on all project types, mentoring emerging staff and creating an environment where all c|a projects go through a thorough, considered and collaborative design review. c|a is excited to have Damon infuse the design process with his creativity and experience, and looks forward to sharing that energy with clients as they embark on new project work.

“I look forward to using a variety of tools to help our clients fully understand the design so they make project decisions with confidence and clarity. We will show our clients that by creating better experiences for their patients and staff, that good design can vastly improve their bottom line. Good design is good business.”


Sunim Choo Joins c|a ARCHITECTS as Project Architect


Sunim Choo, RA, LEED AP B+D is an experienced, licensed and accredited architectural professional who joins the c|a team as Project Architect. Her international experiences, varied project work, and analytical mindset give her a unique perspective that will enhance the collaborative process at c|a. She looks forward to working with the team and fostering a work environment that brings the best of everyone’s ideas together to solve problems and transform environments.


Cezmi Sevtekin Joins c|a ARCHITECTS as Senior Project Coordinator


Cezmi Sevtekin has recently joined c|a ARCHITECTS as Senior Project Coordinator. With over 19 years of design, drafting, rendering and modeling experience, Cezmi is known for his stellar project documentation. His experiences across the country and around the world give him a global perspective that will further enhance the collaborative design process at c|a.


Wacharapong Tumwasorn Joins c|a ARCHITECTS as Designer


Wacharapong Tumwasorn, aka Wacha, is a new addition to the design team. As an up-and-coming Designer, he looks forward to continuing to expand his knowledge and experience in healthcare architecture. Wacha received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and gained valuable work experience in the Chicago area before heading west where he has been focused on healthcare architecture in California since 2015.


Congratulations to Tamara Sahagian and Rebecca Blake, Our Newest Licensed Architects


c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce that Project Architects Tamara Sahagian and Rebecca Blake have successfully earned their architecture licenses in the state of California. The California Board of Architects examines three separate aspects of an individual’s architectural development, including education, experience, and examination, to assess knowledge, skills and ability to practice architecture in the state of California.

Tamara joined our company in 2010 as a Designer, then steadily advanced to Project Architect. Well recognized as an asset to internal teams and clients alike, Tamara is known for her skill and ingenuity.

For a little more than two years, Tamara quietly dedicated her personal time on nights and weekends preparing to earn her architect’s license. After successfully completing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and California Supplemental Examination (CSE), she announced to the c|a ARCHITECTS team with her news: she was officially a licensed architect.

Not only did Tamara pass all of the required exams, she was able to complete each test on her first attempt!

Rebecca launched her career in architecture and construction more than 15 years ago, but found her calling in healthcare architecture nearly six years ago. With the attainment of her architecture license, she is now better positioned to elevate her focus on the user experience, focusing not just on the technical stipulations of space development, but on how a space is used from a holistic perspective.

“As a licensed architect with multiple years of experience, I am delighted to focus my time and energy within our medical planning department, which is the perfect fit for my skills,” says Rebecca. “My goal is to create a space that is comfortable and easily understood by its users. It's not just fitting the program requirements, but envisioning the three-dimensional space as a whole. I am thrilled to now have the credential that backs up my 15-plus years of real-life experience.”

As licensed architects, Tamara and Rebecca are firmly positioned to take their roles within c|a ARCHITECTS, and their active involvement in providing our clients with purpose-driven architectural and design solutions, to new levels. Congratulations from our entire team!


Guy Jimenez, Charles Thrash Named Principals at c|a ARCHITECTS


c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce that two members of our executive team, Guy Jimenez, Senior Associate, and Charles Thrash, Associate, have been named Principals of the firm. In this capacity, both Guy and Charles will continue to deliver expert architectural solutions for the healthcare community as they assume growing leadership roles in shaping the future of our firm.

“Having the experience of working in both the public sector and for varying sized firms in our industry, I like to think I bring a unique perspective to the management team at c|a ARCHITECTS,” says Mr. Jimenez. “This opportunity allows me to expand my efforts as we continue to grow our client base and build project capabilities. The leadership philosophy here is a great fit with my belief that success as a healthcare architect comes through thoughtful, responsive, ’personal‘ service.”

Throughout their careers at c|a ARCHITECTS, both Guy and Charles have consistently embraced the idea of placing the needs of their clients as well as the needs of the firm above their own. Their dedication to service as well as to a balanced and innovative design approach respects the client’s resources and is witnessed in every task that they take on.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to support our team and grow our culture from this new perspective, while continuing to provide the highest level of service to our clients. I am honored and very excited to be part of c|a ARCHITECTS' future growth plan," says Mr. Thrash.

The entire c|a ARCHITECTS team congratulates Guy and Charles on this latest achievement!



c|a ARCHITECTS was recently listed in HEALTHCARE DESIGN Magazine’s 2016 Architectural Showcase August issue for their work on the CHLA Chapel & Healing Garden located in Los Angeles. To read more about this Showcase project, please proceed to the following link:

HEALTHCARE DESIGN Magazine - August 2016



AJ Omar Joins c|a ARCHITECTS as Senior Associate


c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to welcome AJ Omar as Senior Associate. He brings a stellar reputation within the healthcare architecture industry, a portfolio of visionary achievements and a deep passion to accomplish even more.

“I have taken advantage of unique opportunities to expand my horizons, hone my knowledge and grow relationships within the healthcare architecture field throughout Southern California as well as nationally,” he says. “Here at c|a ARCHITECTS, I look forward to elevating my experience to new levels by growing an even larger portfolio of projects and building strong, efficient teams of talented professionals.”

A native of the Caucasus Russia, raised in Jordan and educated in Hungary, AJ graduated from the University of Miskolc with a degree in engineering design. He then continued his education with a degree in architecture here in the U.S, ultimately earning his license in architecture in 2007 and LEED certificate in 2006.

Over the years, AJ’s work led him to collaborate with some of our nation’s most recognized healthcare providers. He maintains a particular focus on sustainability, always seeking new ways to minimize the negative environmental impacts of buildings through efficiency and moderation in use of materials, energy and development space.

“AJ brings a true sense of commitment, well-being and creative passion to every design opportunity,” says Edward Caruana, President. “He especially thrives when faced with challenges, which he recognizes as opportunities to create not just superb projects, but productive, long-term relationships with our clients and the communities in which they live and do business.”


John Goulding Joins c|a ARCHITECTS' Team


A seasoned industry veteran who has excelled in the architecture profession for more than 25 years, John Goulding, AIA, NCARB, is a welcome addition to the c|a ARCHITECTS' team.

“I believe in a client-first approach, which means that to be as responsive and effective as possible, I spend considerable time on-site,” says John. “This allows me and the c|a ARCHITECTS' team to better understand the needs of our clients and contractors, and advise on the most time- and cost-effective solutions to complete projects from start to finish. I pride myself on rolling up my sleeves and achieving client goals in the most holistic way possible.”

After graduating from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, John launched his career with a locally based healthcare design firm. As an Associate and Studio Director, he managed a team that worked on multiple projects simultaneously. Most recently, as an independent consulting architect, he helped bring a new nursing and science building at Victor Valley Community College to life, helping define the project and serving as a trusted advisor during the design/build team selection process.

c|a ARCHITECTS is poised to grow in size and volume, and we are excited to work collaboratively with today’s health care leaders as they continue to evolve in this dynamic and continually changing field,” says John. “I am pleased to be part of such a dedicated team and look forward to what the future holds.”


Guy Jimenez Promoted to Senior Associate at c|a ARCHITECTS


Guy Jimenez AIA, LEED BD+C, has been promoted to Senior Associate at c|a ARCHITECTS, a leading healthcare architecture, planning and design firm based in Long Beach, Calif. This new title recognizes Guy’s growing leadership role within the firm and continued excellence in the successful planning, design and execution of dozens of large-scale, technologically complex projects throughout Southern California.

“I am pleased and honored to have this opportunity to help grow such a vibrant firm,” says Guy. “We have a versatile and talented team and we look forward to delivering unprecedented levels of exceptional healthcare architecture and design in the months and years ahead.”

Guy is currently leading the expansion of the imaging and oncology center at UCLA Health, as well as a 20,000-sq.-ft. emergency department and lobby expansion at Redlands Community Hospital. This project utilized c|a ARCHITECTS' Lean Design Process, an innovative system, Guy was instrumental in developing at c|a ARCHITECTS. This Lean Process focuses on improving numerous aspects of project management, and equally as important, the process works to improve design for patient and staff flow, efficiencies and the reduction of construction costs – minimizing time and maximizing client value.


Welcome to the Next Generation
c|a ARCHITECTS' New Associates Program Identifies Four Emerging Leaders Who Will Shape the Future of Healthcare


c|a ARCHITECTS is thrilled to announce that four of our team members have been identified as the “next generation” in healthcare architecture. As inaugural members of our newly launched Associates Program, these emerging leaders will embark on an accelerated track that includes developing a greater leadership presence not only within our firm, but within the burgeoning healthcare architecture arena as well.

Please join the entire c|a ARCHITECTS team in giving a round of applause to our new Associates:

Guy Jimenez, Associate, Senior Project Manager
David Smith, Associate, Senior Project Manager
Carina Mills, Associate, Project Manager
Charles Thrash, Associate, Project Manager

“We congratulate our newly appointed Associates as they advance on this journey of professional growth in our firm,” says David Chartier. “As representatives of c|a ARCHITECTS, they will promote our core values, including design and technical excellence, and LEAN principles. Our Associates will also be closely involved with key management strategies and decisions, client engagement and industry networking —empowering them to help shape the future of our firm as we collectively work to shape the future of healthcare architecture.”

Congratulations, once again, to Guy, David, Carina and Charles!


c|a ARCHITECTS Promotes Brent Oswald to Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations


c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce the promotion of Brent Oswald, MBA to Principal - Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations. During his five years with the firm, Brent has continually advanced c|a ARCHITECTS’ mission to align our architectural and design services with the quickly evolving needs of today’s healthcare leaders.

“Brent’s insightful intelligence and enthusiastic energy have served as game-changers for the way we operate as a firm, and the way we serve our clients,” says David Chartier, AIA, Senior Vice President. “He fully invests himself in the success of our clients, is a master communicator and turns every challenge into an opportunity. This new role further empowers Brent to help lead our firm, and our clients, to an even brighter future.”

Most recently, Brent served as the driving force behind c|a ARCHITECTS’ adoption of Lean, a multi-step thought process that maximizes value while minimizing waste. By carefully considering purpose, process and people through entire value streams –from the way c|a ARCHITECTS operates internally to the way we deliver superior outcomes to our clients—Lean promotes efficiency and optimizes return on investment.

“The healthcare industry is changing rapidly, and our clients are being called upon to do more with less,” says Brent. “Our Lean approach takes our commitment to purpose-driven design to new levels. By making sure that every action has a reason and a purpose, we’re eliminating wasted time, expenses and materials. Lean isn’t something we are preaching: it is how we at c|a ARCHITECTS are living and working from the inside out.”

Brent is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine who earned his Masters in Business Administration from Biola University.


c|a ARCHITECTS Welcomes Chad Kurz as Project Manager


Reinforcing our commitment to advancing healthcare architecture, and furthering our focus on neonatal and pediatric design, c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to welcome Chad Kurz as project manager.

Chad brings nearly 20 years of experience to the c|a ARCHITECTS team. During the past several years, he has focused much of his efforts on the evidence-based design of healthcare facilities for children. This area of expertise requires not only creating healing spaces to support the needs of growing minds and bodies, but also safe and comfortable environments for extended support systems, including friends and family.

Camouflaging intimidating medical equipment, regulating indoor light exposure, integrating soothing distractions like graphics, sculptures and picture windows, and installing infection control touch points while still making an environment feel warm and inviting are just a few of his areas of expertise.

“Any successful project is defined by how we turn challenges into opportunities,” says Chad. “My role with c|a ARCHITECTS presents a unique opportunity to even better meet the evolving needs of today’s healthcare leaders, especially those specializing in pediatric care. We deliver forward-reaching architectural and design solutions without sacrificing the schedule, scope or budget.”


Modern Healthcare Ranks c|a ARCHITECTS Among 2014 Best Places to Work

How closely is c|a ARCHITECTS aligned with our healthcare clients? So close that Modern Healthcare recently named our firm as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare. As one of only two architectural firms to make this annual Top 100 list, this prestigious recognition honors workplaces throughout the country that empower their employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.

c|a ARCHITECTS is truly a special place to work,” says Ed Caruana, president and founder. “This recognition exemplifies our commitment to meeting and exceeding the needs of today’s healthcare leaders through outstanding design and architecture. We pride ourselves on our strong relationships with our healthcare partners, and are proud to have created an environment that celebrates our successes with pride, camaraderie and humor.”

To contend for this award, c|a ARCHITECTS employees were asked in-depth questions in eight core areas: leadership/planning, culture and communication, role satisfaction, working environment, relationship with superior, training/development, pay/benefits and overall satisfaction.

Modern Healthcare will reveal the ranked order of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare during a banquet to be held on October 23 in Chicago, and in the October 27 issue of Modern Healthcare. To view the list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014, click here.


Guy Jimenez Returns to c|a ARCHITECTS as Senior Project Manager


c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce the return of Guy Jimenez, AIA, as Senior Project Manager. A proven leader in healthcare architecture, Guy brings a passion for strategic thinking as well as an affinity for the technically complex.

Mr. Jimenez launched his career at a local healthcare architecture firm in 1979 alongside Ed Caruana, who later founded c|a ARCHITECTS. As the healthcare industry continued to evolve, he embraced these changes to remain at the forefront of healthcare and behavioral health architectural advancements.

A creative problem solver, Guy has managed the successful planning, design and execution of dozens of large-scale, technologically complex projects throughout Southern California, including the UCLA Center for Health Sciences, Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Medical Center and Hoag Memorial Hospital.

After serving as project manager for c|a ARCHITECTS for nearly a decade, Mr. Jimenez is enthused and energized about his return following a three-year hiatus.

c|a ARCHITECTS is a vibrant firm that is uniquely positioned to be a valued leader in this era of healthcare reform,” says Mr. Jimenez. “I am pleased and honored to once again be a part of this team, which is full of familiar faces as well as enthusiastic new talent.”

A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Mr. Jimenez is a California Registered Architect as well as a member of AIA, and a LEED Accredited Professional.


c|a ARCHITECTS Welcomes Carina Mills to Infrastructure Studio


c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to welcome Carina Mills, AIA, as project manager for the Infrastructure Studio. In this role, she focuses exclusively on infrastructure installations and upgrades for leading healthcare facilities of all types and sizes.

For Carina, healthcare architecture is more than a profession: it’s a lifelong passion. From a young age she was captivated by how structures were built as well as the infrastructure that made them work. While growing up in Eugene, Ore., she spent hours in basements as she accompanied her father, a facilities engineer, on weekend projects. She continues to gravitate to basements--the heart and soul of the infrastructure that powers every modern healthcare facility.

“Healthcare is a dynamic field where the equipment and technologies are continually changing,” says Carina. “It is critical that new systems are up and running quickly with minimal downtime. At the same time, being attuned and responsive to unique client needs is paramount.”

A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Carina specializes in resolving complex technical and design issues. Prior to joining c|a ARCHITECTS, she served as project architect for multiple healthcare renovation and new construction projects.



c|a ARCHITECTS was recently listed in HEALTHCARE DESIGN Magazine’s 2013 Architectural Showcase September issue for their work on the UCLA Health – Outpatient Clinic located in Thousand Oaks. To read more about this Showcase project, please proceed to the following link:

HEALTHCARE DESIGN Magazine - September 2013



Announcing Our Newest Licensed Architect, Chuck Thrash


Chuck Thrash, project manager, has successfully completed several years of extensive examination and licensure requirements to become a licensed architect in the State of California. Since joining the c|a ARCHITECTS team in 2008, Chuck has applied his architectural talents and expertise to a wide range of healthcare projects, including well-known clients like the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and the VA Greater Los Angeles. As a licensed architect, Chuck is well positioned to apply his passion for uniting form and function, in particular his focus in the highly specialized medical lab niche, to new levels.


c|a ARCHITECTS Receives National Recognition for
Todd Cancer Institute Pavilion

Healthcare Design has published an article discussing the impact that recent Design has had on promoting hopeful healing within Cancer Centers across the United States. The Todd Cancer Institute Pavilion at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, designed by c|a ARCHITECTS, was cited in the article as an example of this new trend in Cancer Center Design. To find out more information on how c|a ARCHITECTS incorporated hopeful healing design into the Todd Cancer Institute Pavilion click on the link shown below:

Kovacs Silvis, Jennifer (2013, March) "Cancer Center Design Supports Hopeful Healing" Healthcare Design Magazine



c|a ARCHITECTS was recently listed in HEALTHCARE DESIGN Magazine’s 2012 Architectural Showcase September issue for their work on the Convenience Center project located at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Office Building. To read more about this Showcase project, please proceed to the following link:

HEALTHCARE DESIGN Magazine - September 2012


Amano-Peterman, Chartier Now Senior Vice Presidents of c|a ARCHITECTS

c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce that Eileen Amano-Peterman and David Chartier are now senior vice presidents of the firm. These leadership advancements reflect our firm’s continued growth as we meet the evolving needs of our clients. We would like to congratulate both team members on their latest achievement.


c|a ARCHITECTS' Eileen Amano-Peterman EDAC

Eileen Amano-Peterman, AIA, AAHID, ASID, EDAC, LEED AP has added the Center for Health Design’s Evidence-based Design Accreditation & Certification (EDAC) to her credentials. Certification from this internationally recognized program demonstrates her thorough understanding of how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings.

With more than 25 years of experience in the field of architecture and interior design, Ms. Amano-Peterman cofounded c|a ARCHITECTS as a partner in 1992. Her unique perspective unites architecture and interior design to create sophisticated, memorable environments, while her ability to understand client needs and communicate effectively is exemplified by the firm’s numerous long-standing client relationships.

As the large and growing body of evidence attests, the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and overall quality of care. As an EDAC certified professional, Ms. Amano-Peterman is uniquely qualified to base healthcare facility planning and design decisions on evidence to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes.


c|a ARCHITECTS' Ed Caruana Attains ACHA Board Certification

Ed Caruana, AIA, NCARB, and president of c|a ARCHITECTS, successfully attained the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Board Certificate in healthcare architecture. He joins the ranks of more than 400 ACHA colleagues in the U.S. and Canada who have received this important architectural credential.

With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare architecture, Mr. Caruana cofounded c|a ARCHITECTS in 1992. He is a savvy problem-solver and expert in master planning as well as infrastructure. His extensive knowledge and expertise make it possible for clients to keep their facilities and services on-course even during the most complex projects.

c|a ARCHITECTS congratulates Edward Caruana on this achievement and for his commitment to healthcare architecture as well as his own professional development.


c|a ARCHITECTS' is Off to the Races at HASC Annual Meeting


c|a ARCHITECTS made strides to win, place and show at the Kentucky Derby-themed Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) annual meeting, which took place May 23-25 at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego. As a Gold Sponsor, we joined more than 500 health care leaders, including more than 90 hospital CEOs and 125 healthcare executives, who focused on “Rising to Greatness in Turbulent Times.”

A special congratulation belongs to Naishadh Buch, Chief Operations Officer and Director of Pharmacy Services at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. Through our special event raffle, he was awarded a $750 gift card to Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Brent Oswald, Director of Business Development and Marketing for c|a ARCHITECTS, stood out as another front runner by winning HASC’s “best hat” contest for event sponsors.


c|a.ARCHITECTS' Ric Hammond Achieves ACHA Board Certification

Ric Hammond, AIA, LEED AP and vice president of c|a ARCHITECTS, has successfully achieved the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) board certification.

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare architecture, and a member of the c|a ARCHITECTS' leadership team since 2002, Mr. Hammond is adept at integrating functional and technical requirements, as well as technical proficiencies and evolving regulatory requirements. His meticulous management of schedules, tasks and budgets ensure that healthcare projects are successfully completed in the most efficient, cost-effective and quality-driven manner.

A recognized industry leader, Mr. Hammond’s ACHA board certification represents the culmination of proven industry knowledge and practical experience, including the successful management of high-profile clients that include the City of Hope National Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. As an ACHA board certified member, he will continue to work towards the improvement of healthcare architecture, practice in an ethical manner, maintain high standards of specialized continuing education and add to the industry’s body of knowledge.


Keith Hansell joins c|a.ARCHITECTS

c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce the addition of Keith Hansell as Project Manager to its team of talented staff. Hansell has over 10 years experience in healthcare planning and design, focusing on recognized healthcare institutions throughout Southern California. Keith's projects are creative and effective, balancing the aesthetic and functional needs of the owners and users while keeping schedule and budget in mind. As a project manager, Keith will oversee various healthcare projects ranging from tenant improvements to department expansions.


Zweig White selects c|a.ARCHITECTS as one of the 2010 Best Architecture Firms to Work For

While the economy has challenged the architectural industry, many have demonstrated the leadership, communication and core values necessary to survive, and in some cases thrive, despite these conditions. Zweig White recognizes the firms that have persevered, inspired and truly differentiated themselves from the competition. c|a ARCHITECTS is proud to be one of the 14 firms selected for Zweig White’s 2010 Best Architecture Firms to Work For list.


Modern Healthcare recognizes c|a.ARCHITECTS as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Modern Healthcare recently released an alphabetical list of the 2010 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The magazine recognizes c|a ARCHITECTS as one of 100 outstanding employers in the healthcare industry. The firm is honored to be a part of this national recognition program.


Brent A. Oswald, MBA takes Business Development efforts to the next level

c|a ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce the recent addition of Brent A. Oswald to its team of professionals. Oswald offers a comprehensive background in marketing and business development that will support the growth and development of the firm. As the Business Development Manager, Oswald will cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships with a focus on client satisfaction. His professionalism will add to the firm’s reputation of integrity and trust. Oswald’s expertise will continue to support the success of c|a ARCHITECTS in the healthcare industry, its dedicated infrastructure studio as well as the pursuit of key projects in other niche markets.

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