In Memory of George Pressler, FAIA, ACHA, FHFI 1945 - 2012

Last Updated: February 1, 2012

In Memory of George Pressler, FAIA, ACHA, FHFI 1945 - 2012

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In Memory of George Pressler, FAIA, ACHA, FHFI 1945 - 2012

George Pressler, FAIA, a respected leader and good friend to many of us in the healthcare design community, died in his sleep on Wednesday morning, January 4, 2012. George was the Founder and President of Planning Decision Resources, Inc. (PDR), a healthcare planning consultancy originally based in Topanga, California. George had recently joined the engineering firm of TMAD Taylor & Gaines (TTG) to serve as its Executive Director of Institutional Planning and to carry on his services under the banner of TTG-PDR.

AIA National's College of Fellows has just announced that George was among those elevated to Fellowship in the Institute, because of his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. George received his Fellowship in the category of Practice, for advancing "the planning of medical facilities internationally as architect and advocate, educating healthcare leaders, design professionals, policy-makers, and communities by expanding their understanding of the impact of the built environment on healing."

George was a Founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) and served as a faculty member for ACHA's Planning and Programming workshops. He was an active leader with many professional organizations including: the ACHA, AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, The Healthcare Facilities Symposium, ACHE/Health Care Executives of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC). His passion for sharing his knowledge led him to serve as a faculty member with California State University Northridge Graduate Program in Health Administration, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a regular participant with the AIA Los Angeles Committee on Architecture for Health Care.

George served as the Director of Design for the architectural firm of Jenkins Fleming in Los Angeles before he joined Medical Planning Associates (MPA) in Malibu in 1979. As its Director of Business Development, he cultivated his acumen for healthcare planning, and was touched over 600 healthcare projects throughout the United States and abroad. In 1992, he founded Planning Decision Resources, Inc.

George is broadly remembered as a positive force in the life of everyone he met. The stories told by his professional as well as personal acquaintances who gathered for an informal memorial at his home on January 8th were consistent testimony to his engagement in the lives of people he knew. In addition, his passion for organization and detail was immense - he influenced both the clients he served and the friends he made with his skills in this arena. He was a high achiever even in his early years as a student, an Eagle Scout, a budding thespian in school and a member of Delta Tau Delta - all in preparation for the life of participatory leadership he delivered.

George studied architecture at Ohio State University and was registered in California. He was also a graduate of the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Although George had no surviving immediate family, his circle of close friends was extensive. He will be significantly missed.

Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 09:07 PM
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