HMC Architects has announced that internationally recognized designer Raymond Pan, AIA, LEED AP is being charged to lead a new design direction to elevate the firm’s design and innovation prowess and—under this new model—offer clients a new way of working together. The move creates a ‘design-lab’ environment within a firm, allowing HMC to explore design ideas through multidisciplinary collaboration that are distinct; deep integration of technology, digital practice, innovative building systems, and advanced models of delivery.

Located in HMC’s Los Angeles office, Pan will set design direction, lead clients and internal teams, and build a design process and innovative culture that lives within the larger practice. This new model will create a platform for exploration of design ideas with a focus on bringing preeminent design and innovation to the HMC brand and its clients.

“Raymond’s visionary work is widely recognized and honored in the U.S. and abroad,” says Brian Staton, president and CEO of HMC Architects. “With his talent and leadership, this move will take HMC to a higher level of design and be an undeniable asset to our clients and our thriving healthcare, education, and civic practices.”

With over 20 years of experience, Pan is an award-winning architect and urban planner who has led the master planning and design of significant projects in the U.S. and internationally. From complex city design to hotels, hospitals, university campuses, and civic centers—Pan’s versatility will benefit all of HMC’s practices and clients as it looks to expand beyond its current market.

“I am very passionate about creating a culture of design excellence that explores innovation in value added design solutions,” says Pan. “I’m excited to offer HMC’s clients access to a new way of working with a strong focus on high design.”

A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Pan has been widely published and recognized by major award programs sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), WorldArchitectural News, Modern Healthcare magazine, Los Angeles Business Council, and the Urban Land Institute. In 2011, he was a recipient of the Engineering News-Record (ENR) “California Top 20 Under 40” Award.

Recently, he has led the winning of a number of major international design competitions, including the 800-acre Zhengyi New City Masterplan in China; 3-million square-foot Shunde Hospital of Southern Medical University in Shunde, China; and the 1.5-million square-foot Nanjing International Hospital in China. He has also received honors in two high-profile international design competitions for Taiwan Tower and Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Terminal.

His design for Shunde Hospital received the National AIA American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Design Award (unbuilt category) in 2011. Opened in 2018, it was designated as the official pilot green hospital for development of China’s green guide for hospital design and was the featured cover story in Healthcare Design magazine’s November 2018 issue. Pan is currently designing projects for some of the nation’s largest healthcare providers in northern and southern California, Oregon, and Arizona. He leads this initiative for HMC at a time when the firm is capitalizing on significant opportunities in the healthcare sector.

“With today’s computational technology, there are amazing possibilities to take the innovation in building systems to the next level,” says Pan. “We can create completely new and beautiful aesthetics for architecture and I’m really interested in the pursuit of what those possibilities are.”