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Through the Looking Glass: The Future of Medicine and the Building of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center

Robert J. Frasca, FAIA
Partner-in-Charge of Design
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 • 7 pm
Masur Auditorium • NIH Clinical Center
Photo of Robert Frasca sitting on a stool

Robert J. Frasca is partner-in-charge of design for Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, the architects for the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center. His work is united by the premise that architecture should vary with the program, climate, and place, and with the culture of the people who will occupy it.

His instincts as observer, and then as designer, have produced a diverse portfolio, ranging from research facilities for major institutions across the country to academic buildings for small colleges, embassy buildings for the U.S. Department of State, and healthcare facilities for world-renowned clients, including Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Based on this body of work, the firm was awarded the Architecture Firm Award by the American Institute of Architects in 1991.

Frasca's contributions to the profession extend beyond the buildings he has designed. He has received the Watzek Award for Contributions to the Enrichment of the State of Oregon and the 2000 Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Michigan. He also has served as visiting critic at numerous universities around the country and has participated on design award juries at the local, regional, and national levels.

Frasca received a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Michigan and a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been the recipient of a George Booth Traveling Scholarship.

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