Bob Kain, AIA dedicated his life to Healthcare Design, to architecture and to mentoring young professionals as they pursued this specialized field.  He not only had a long career in healthcare design working for HMC for 32 years, but he supported and championed events like the Healthcare Facilities Forum which connected those in the field of Healthcare Design to gain insights into the future of the field.



During his time at HMC he served as principal in charge for several large replacement facilities including the new Kaiser Permanente (KP) Fontana Replacement Hospital and the KP Downey Medical Center. Over the years he worked side-by-side with multi-tiered healthcare systems to implement master plans, build new medical center campuses, complete seismic remodels, and improve the overall operational viability of aging facilities. He excelled in the planning, programming, design, and construction of complex projects—some of which took more than a decade to complete.

During Kain’s tenure at HMC, he led HMC through substantial growth and developed its outstanding reputation for innovation in healthcare planning, garnering recognition from the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, Modern Healthcare, and Healthcare Design magazine. From 1995 to 2000, he served as HMC’s President/CEO, and from 2000-2004 as its Chairman of the Board, directing the firm’s corporate governance and its strategic vision. Kain helped expand HMC from a single office to an international firm with ten offices. He was responsible for hiring and mentoring new leaders within the budding firm.


Bob Kain, AIA had a talent for mentoring younger professionals in the field of architecture and healthcare design and helping to support and mentor them through various programs and opportunities.  One such opportunity was the invitation for healthcare design students from Cal Poly Pomona to attend the Healthcare Facilities Conference to interact with future employers as well as learn about the trends and hot topics in the field. 

He also supported and mentored younger professionals in the field through is role as a board member for the Inland Empire chapter of AIA.  

Bob Kain’s significant project experience:

  • New Replacement Hospital, Fontana Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, CA
  • Strategic and Master Facility Plan, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, CA
  • Replacement Facility, Downey Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Downey, CA
  • New Facility, Baldwin Park Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Baldwin Park, CA
  • New Medical Office Building, Moreno Valley Community Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Moreno Valley, CA
  • Los Angeles County East Valley Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Vaca Valley Hospital, Vacaville, CA
  • Medical Planning, New Hospital and Research Center, KJ Somiya Hospital & Research Center, Bombay, India


His involvement in industry and professional boards included

  • Founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects
  • Chairman of The Healthcare Facilities Forum
  • Board member of the California Hospital Building Safety Board
  • Board member of Cal Poly Pomona’s University Educational Trust
  • Past President of the AIA Inland California (AIAIC)
  • Recipient of the 2009 AIAIC Lifetime Achievement Award

Other Civic Involvement

  • Trustee of the Riverside Art Museum
  • Commissioner of the Riverside Planning Commission
  • Chairman of the American Heart Association/IE Board of Directors
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the CSU San Bernardino Philanthropic Foundation
  • Active member of the Riverside Region of the Porsche Club of America.