SmithGroup Hires Daniel Cusick to Lead Los Angeles Health Studio

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SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has hired Daniel Cusick as Health Studio Leader and Principal in its Los Angeles office. In this role, he leads an expert team in the delivery of planning and design solutions for healthcare systems throughout Southern California. In addition, he focuses on building client relationships and expanding partnerships in the healthcare industry. 

An award-winning architect with 35 years of leadership and design experience, Cusick has expertly designed multiple billion-dollar healthcare projects. His extensive portfolio includes the Catholic Health Good Samaritan Hospital Patient Care Pavilion, Memorial Sloan Kettering Children’s Cancer Center and New York’s first LEED Platinum–certified hospital at Northwell Health Katz Women’s Hospital at Manhasset. He specializes in academic and emergency medicine; acute, ambulatory and cancer care; and women’s and children’s facilities. 

“Using his deep understanding of all facets of the design process, Daniel has managed industry-leading healthcare projects with proven design and project delivery,” said Wayne Barger, Health Practice Director at SmithGroup. “He places a strong emphasis on developing high-performing teams that provide exceptional client service and successful project outcomes.” 

“We are thrilled to have Daniel steering the continued growth of our Southern California health practice and collaborating with Health leaders across the firm,” said Bonnie Khang-Keating, director of SmithGroup’s Los Angeles and San Diego offices. “His unique ability to successfully incorporate sustainability, culture and the surrounding community into each project makes him an ideal partner for our region’s health market.”  

SmithGroup’s Health Practice encompasses a range of specialty expertise, including strategic planning and design for all types of public and private health organizations. Cusick’s leadership will further strengthen the firm’s presence in the Southern California health sector, serving clients such as Adventist Health, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, City of Hope, Keck Medicine of USC, LA County Department of Health Services, Sharp Healthcare and UCI Health. 

Cusick graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture. He is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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