Lean in the Design Phase (LA/Orange County CoP)

June 14, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm (under construction)
June 14, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm, Pacific Time Zone
Santa Monica
1301 Colorado Avenue
LCI LA/Orange County CoP


LCI Los Angeles/Orange County Community of Practice


Lean in the Design Phase

The Great Recession has ended; competition hasn’t. Design firms occupy a marketspace where fees haven’t rebounded, while the cost of labor continues to increase. The productivity gains expected of BIM are yet to be realized, while building technology and project delivery modes gain complexity. Lean offers a way to build high performance teams, consistently able to: deliver good design; practice profitably; create loyal clients; and, satisfy the aspirations of design professionals.

Design professionals want to know how they can improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence. Lean in the Design Phase is an introductory course that leaves participants with a strong knowledge base for understanding how connecting people, principles and practices during the design and planning phase leads to on-time, on-budget delivery. Participants will be exposed to how Lean processes such as Team Organization, Big Room Mindset, Collaborative Planning and Target Value Delivery. It includes group and table activities along with a Lean learning exercise.

Learning Objectives:

-Understand the designer’s role in the design of building systems in the design phase, leading to the efficient technical coordination of the BIM.
-Learn how Lean tools and processes eliminate waste to generate construction documents with fewer errors & omissions at a higher productivity.
-Learn how the Lean Operating System enables design solutions supported by analytical data and pulled to the Owner’s value proposition.
-Learn how Lean enables the effective transfer of construction systems knowledge with approaches such as Big Room & Target Value Delivery.


  • Stan Chiu - HGA  - Stan is a Vice President with more than 25 years' experience in healthcare and higher education. He is a leader in Lean Design and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and has helped develop such core Lean IPD tools as Target Value Design and Set Based Design. Stan has lectured at national conferences and authored numerous articles on architecture, healthcare delivery, and Lean Design. He currently serves on professional, educational and healthcare boards.
  • Erica Im - HGA -  Erica is a project designer at HGA with more than 5 years of experience working in healthcare and high education projects. After she obtained her B.Arch from Woodbury University, she has since served as a board member and committee chair for the AIA Pasadena + Foothill chapter. For the past year, working for Canyon Ridge Hospital for UHS, she has gained the firsthand experience of working with an IPD team that live by the core value of lean thinking and integrated design process.
  • Romano Nickerson - Boulder Associates Architects -  A healthcare architect and principal with Boulder Associates Architects, Romano is a passionate advocate for Lean design and project management. He created and leads BA Science, a lean consulting group within Boulder Associates with a focus on continuous improvement for healthcare organizations and design integration for capital project delivery. He has worked with numerous healthcare clients around the country and select Fortune 500 companies including Walt Disney Imagineering and Google.

Registration Rates

Member Rate: $40

Non-Member Rate: $70

 Breakfast pastries and coffee will be served

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