University of California Los Angeles

Edie and Lew Wasserman Building
UCLA Edie and Lew Wasserman Building


The Edie and Lew Wasserman building located on the UCLA campus is a major new research and patient-care facility on campus.  The new building unites and expands the campus’s existing surgical facilities and allows for the growth of research and programs aimed at restoring and preserving eyesight.

The $116 million project builds on the Wasserman family’s decades-long commitment to UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute and hopes to provide patients with holistic treatment and services, as well as offer the entire medical community a world-class medical and research center.

The new six-story, 100,000-square-foot Edie and Lew Wasserman Building is designed to meet the growing needs of the Jules Stein Eye Institute by providing the space necessary to expand into a world-class research and treatment facility. With three dedicated floors in the new building, the Jules Stein Eye Institute will be incorporated into the Edie and Lew Wasserman Eye Research Center, comprising operating rooms as well as refractive, oculoplastic and cataract services. Each practice area will offer dedicated procedure space and clinics.

The other three floors in the Edie and Lew Wasserman Building will be occupied by the David Geffen School of Medicine’s neurosurgery department and its Institute of Urology and will include state-of-the-art training and conference facilities. In addition to their separate clinical research programs, neurosurgery and urology plan to offer complementary medical services for patients seeking treatment through the Edie and Lew Wasserman Eye Research Center and to collaborate with eye scientists on interrelated research.

UCLA Edie and Lew Wasserman Building Interior


  • Provides an opportunity for collaborative and cutting edge research, diagnostics and surgeries, including a Telemedicine Control Room and a Broadcast / Recording Studio to continuously monitor patients at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and to consult with physicians internationally
  • Delivers new research space to grow into the world-class research and treatment center of the future
  • Includes a prototyping room with 3-dimensional video displays and gesture control for operating rooms and simulation of complex surgeries


  • Program Development
  • Transition Planning
  • System Assessment & Planning
  • System Design and Documentation
  • RFP Development
  • Implementation Oversight
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Architectural/Engineering Design Support


  • IT Systems
  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Videoconference & Distance Learning
  • Digital Media
  • Audio and Video Studios
  • Educational Technologies
  • Client: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Project Type: Healthcare
  • Facility: Research and Patient-Care Facility
  • Project Size: 100,000 Square Feet
  • Architect: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP