LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Stephen W. Yundt, FAIA, ACHA, principal of CO Architects, has been elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in the practice category. This honor is bestowed to those dedicated to the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural practice. Fewer than two percent of licensed architects in the U.S. hold the FAIA title.
In addition, the company has hired Kevin McCausland, associate AIA, as senior medical programmer and planner and promoted Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, to associate principal. With more than 20 years of experience each, McClausland’s and Swanborn’s knowledge will be applied to the firm’s portfolio of health-related projects.
Yundt is renowned for his expertise in how the design of healthcare facilities can positively intervene in the treatment process. His contributions to the advancement of architecture have helped CO Architects — a firm specializing in academic, science and healthcare architecture — in pioneering new efforts to advance the development of institutional buildings and healthcare facilities.
“It is with great honor that I welcome Stephen to the rank of FAIA, a distinction shared with five of our principals,” says Scott Kelsey, FAIA, managing principal. “That multiple members of CO Architects’ leadership have been recognized with AIA’s highest honor is evidence of the strength of our team’s expertise and vision.”
Yundt — who has more than 30 years of expertise, including two decades at CO Architects — brings a humanistic approach to medical planning and architecture. As a young child, he was hospitalized for several weeks for the treatment of rheumatic fever. His early first-hand impressions of what was lacking in the provision of such care drove his desire to design healthcare facilities that enhance the experience of all users.
In addition to the AIA, Yundt is a member of the American College of Healthcare Architects. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Loyola Marymount University, both in Los Angeles, Calif.
Upon joining CO Architects, McCausland hit the ground running, performing comprehensive work on a major facility that is expected to be completed in 2017: Kaiser San Diego Central Hospital Medical Center. The LEED Gold-targeted hospital will embrace both technological advancements and the natural environment.
“Kevin has been instrumental in guiding complex and diverse medical projects from concept to completion,” says Kelsey. “As senior medical programmer and planner, he will work with major clients, applying his skills in operational planning and programming and strategic, master, medical and equipment planning.“
McCausland holds a Master of Architecture degree in Healthcare Facility Planning and Design from Clemson University in South Carolina, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Design.
Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, who joined CO Architects in 2008 as a senior designer, has 20 years of experience working on diverse projects ranging from mixed-use facilities to K-12 schools to healthcare facilities. However, it is in the areas of research laboratory design and academic health sciences facilities that CO Architects’ newest associate principal has helped to bolster the breadth of project types in the firm’s portfolio.
“Arnold was a senior design architect for the new Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, one of our signature projects,” says Kelsey.
Swanborn holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York City, and earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California.