I. Experience

American University, Kuwait City, Kuwait

  • Functional Program for New Science Building

Arizona Public Health Laboratory, Phoenix, AZ

  • Preliminary Functional Program for New Facility

Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

  • Interdisciplinary Science Building

California State University, Monterey Bay, CA

  • Science Academic Center

College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA

  • Science Building #36

Columbia Medical College, NYC, NY

  • Ardsley Labs Building Assessment

Cornell Weil Medical College, NYC, NY

  • Epigenetic labs
  • Microbiology Labs

Cornell Unviersity, Ithaca, NY

  • Veterinarian Research Tower

Darwin Molecular Technologies, Seattle, WA

  • Research and Corporate Headquarters

Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

  • New Science Building

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • Phase I, Basic Sciences Biomedical Research Facility, Winner of the 1994 Lab of Year Award
  • Phase II, Clinical Research Facility Including Large BL-3 & Animal Colony Facility

Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ

  • Pediatric Oncology Research Building

HIP ALC Clinical Labs

  • Clinical Lab Facility, Long Island City, New York.

Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

  • Chemistry Building Program

Judson College, Marion, AL

  • King Science Building Renovation

King County Environmental Labs, Seattle, WA

  • Trace Metal Lab & Clean Room Facility

Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

  • Physics Building
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering CLIA Compliant Lab

NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, MT

  • Biological Research Laboratory Facility, including four Bio-safety Level 3 Suites for Housing Infected and Contagious Animals

Northwest College, Kirkland, WA

  • New Academic Science Building

New York Blood Center , New York, NY

  • Biological Research Laboratory Facility, including Bio-safety Level 3
  • Cell Therapy Labs.
  • Stem Cell and Stem Cell Clean Room Facilities
  • Master Planning at Center East Facility
  • Vivarium Renovation
  • R & D Planning and Schematic Design

Olympic College, Bremerton, WA

  • Science & Technology Building

Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

  • BL-3 Animal Holding Suites
  • of Pediatrics Biomedical Research

Pierce County Department of Utilities, Tacoma, WA

  • Regional Testing Laboratories Expansion

Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, Portland, OR

  • Science Building Additions & Renovation

Rogosin Clinical Labs

  • Rogosin Clinical lab renovation and move to NYBC Center East.

Seattle Water Department, Seattle, WA

  • Testing Laboratory Facility

 Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

  • Building 2900 Renovation

Skyline College, San Bruno, CA

  • Science Building #7A

Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Bothell, WA

  • Corporate Headquarters and Research and Development Facilities

Spectra Laboratories, Roseland, NJ

  • Clinical, MicroBio and BSL3 facilities

Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

  • D. Stone Complex, Genetics Research Laboratories Renovation

St John’s St Albert’s Hall Renovations, Queens, NY

  • Toxicology, Microbiology, Physics, AFM lab
  • Industrial Pharmacy Pilot Plant

Strang Cancer Research Center

  • Strang Cancer Research facility move and renovation at NYBC Center East.

Texas Department of Health-Austin, Austin, TX

  • Organic and Analytical Chemistry Laboratories

United States Department of Agriculture, Davis, CA

  • Western Human Nutrition Research Center

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Manchester, WA

  • EPA Region 10 Manchester Laboratory

University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

  • Museum Curational Research Labs and DNA Research Facility

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory
  • Center for Integrated Genomics – The Michael Smith Building
  • Chemistry Building Renovation
  • Copp Biology Building Renovation

University of California, Riverside, CA

  • Biological Sciences Building
  • Core Instrumentation
  • Entomology Building, Design and Construction Phase

Environmental Sciences Building

  • Physical Sciences Building

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

  • California Nanosystems Institute

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  • Assessment of Bio Safety Level 3A Facilty

University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI

  • Science & Technology Building

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

  • Life Sciences Building


II. Endorsement
As the Vice-President, Strategic Services & Facilities Administration for the New York Blood Center (NYBC), I have direct oversight of all the organization’s facilities. It is through this role that I have not only come to know Reza Aghian and his firm Research & Academic Architecture (RAA) but also hold Reza and his firm in the highest regard for the work that they have done and continue to do for NYBC.

Reza has a keen ability to understand the multiple facets of our business which include traditional manufacturing processes and the operation of a world-renowned research institute. Reza has a facility for grasping the work of our scientists and laboratory personnel, the operation of their equipment, and the general requirements of efficient laboratory and manufacturing workflow. RAA has performed numerous design projects for NYBC and remains our “go-to” firm whenever such additional work presents itself.

In addition to traditional architectural design work, Reza has also worked with NYBC on an extensive master space planning project under which the entire portfolio of corporate sites was evaluated for its efficiency and fit with current business needs. Reza was a primary contributor to this project which required a deep understanding of NYBC’s overall business and where the organization was headed strategically. Substantively, this work involved a review of central supply operations, warehousing, consolidation of manufacturing from multiple sites into one location, and the understanding of fleet management requirements. Reza was active in all facets of this project which generated a sound deliverable to the organization. His work was exemplary.

I would recommend Reza and RAA for any work in the life sciences and general manufacturing sector as he brings a comprehensive understanding of an organization to the design and architectural process. He has been a tremendous external asset for NYBC and I would expect he would prove to be that for any other like organization. He and RAA come with my highest recommendation.


Jeffrey S. Jacob
VP, Strategic Services & Facilities Administration
Office of the President
New York Blood Center