Gordon Chong has a long and distinguished career. He was the Founder of Chong Partners Architecture, a 200-person, international, multi-office practice. Work occurred in several market sectors including education, aviation and healthcare. Gordon has made particularly significant contributions in the design of healthcare facilities. This ranges from work on individual projects to helping state Agencies, including service as Vice Chair of (then) OSHPD when SB 1953 was passed by the State Legislature.
Gordon’s work in the advancement of healthcare design and research was recognized by the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects in his being awarded the Latrobe Prize for Research. Utilizing the findings of this research Gordon co-authored a book entitled “Design Informed; Driving Innovation with Evidenced Based Design that was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
In addition to serving as National President of The American Institute of Architects, Gordon also served as President of ANFA and was 1991 president of AIA San Francisco and 1996 president of AIACC. He has been recognized as a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Architects as well as a Fellow in the AIA.
Gordon holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Oregon, a Master’s Degree from University of Edinburgh, UK and an Honorary Master’s Degree from the New School, San Diego.,
Gordon is a third-generation Hawaiian of Chinese heritage. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Gordon’s love for architecture came from his father, who was an artist.
Gordon has received Presidential Medals from Japan, Korea, Canada and Mexico. He also was awarded the AIA Upjohn Medal, The AIACC John Boles Medal and was selected to membership into the International Real Estate Society of Lambda Alpha
Locally he has been appointed to civil service on 4 City Commissions, 2 State Commissions, University and Corporate Boards.
Significant Healthcare Projects
Gordon’s clients included Kaiser Permanente, the University of California, Stanford University, Sutter Health and the City and County of San Francisco. Chong's merger with Stantec provided Stantec with "strong experience in the design of hospitals and related medical research and treatment facilities which will make the combined practice a North American leader in the healthcare design sector," according to Tony Franceschini, Stantec president & CEO.
Impact on the healthcare architecture profession
Long a progressive voice within the profession, Chong advocates for architects to assume a greater strategic role in the shaping of public policy. He challenges architects to make the most of this opportunity by being generous in their involvement with their communities, committed to educating the nation’s youth, and by being expansive rather than protective in their approach to professional services. Likewise, he stresses the benefits of diversity and inclusiveness, urging architects to reach out to allied professions within the design and construction industry.