Research Seminar: Project HÉROE

09/21/20, 12:00PM

  • Monday, September 21, 2020


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Project HÉROE, a collaboration between HLW, the USC School of Architecture, and the USC Keck School of Medicine, was initiated to identify a creative solution for the optimal built response to a future pandemic. The multidisciplinary team of architects, medical professionals, engineers, and other specialty consultants developed a modular facility that can be assembled at any “Ground Zero” site where a new disease emerges, providing the best resources and people to fight and track an outbreak before it becomes a pandemic. The study provides a worldwide answer at a scale never before conceived so that the resources could be deployed anywhere on earth in just a few days. The earlier the built solution arrives at an outbreak site, the better chance there is at stemming it at its source.


David Louis Swartz, FAIA, IIDA, is a Santa Monica, CA-based senior partner at HLW, where he has worked since 1995 and has been a lead technical Partner since 2000. David was inducted into the AIA College of Fellows in 2017 and was an AIA Young Architect Award winner in 1998. David has devoted his career to the pursuit of technical excellence and to challenging architects to understand the technology of the buildings they create.

At USC David currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association representing the School of Architecture. He previously served as a Board Member of the Architectural Guild as well as serving as mentor to last year’s student design competition winning entry scheme. In the late 1990s, David was adjunct faculty co-teaching Materials and Methods of Construction with Pierre Koenig, FAIA. David’s exhibit at the university of his work while he was at SOM won both an LA AIA and California AIA Honor Award in design.

Related Links: USC School of Architecture and USC Architectural Guild Join Project Héroe Task Force to Find a Solution to Stop Future Pandemics