September 8, 2021
Form4 Architecture Bolsters Bay Area Biotech
Experienced Architect Joins San Francisco Firm to Lead Bay Area Biotech Projects
SAN FRANCISCO: Form4 Architecture strengthens its commitment to creating innovative spaces for biotech companies by appointing Colin Mosher, AIA, as the firm’s first Life Science Director. In this newly created position, Mosher leads business development, project management, planning/design, and client relations in the surging Bay Area life-science/biotech sector.
“I’m excited to expand Form4’s portfolio of specialized buildings and workspaces,” Mosher said. “The firm is already well respected in the high-tech segment, and our team is evolving Form4’s expertise in sustainable building and interior design for the Bay Area’s growing life-sciences footprint.”
Adds Form4 Architecture CEO Paul Ferro, “Colin Mosher has a stellar track record of managing innovative life-science projects from concept to reality. With his talents, Form4 is designing and delivering exceptional research environments for biotech companies.”
Practicing for nearly 20 years and a registered architect since 1997, Mosher has worked on healthcare and research projects throughout the country, several garnering awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), among other organizations. Additionally, he has lectured at an American College Health Association conference.
Mosher’s pre-Form4 Bay Area life-science portfolio is extensive. He recently completed several projects for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), including master planning for the university’s inter-campus cancer program and several inpatient and outpatient projects. Mosher also led the healthcare planning and design for the new Stanford Hospital project (Palo Alto, CA). His additional Bay Area projects include Koo Foundation Sun Yat Sen Cancer Center (San Francisco) and Alameda Point VA Clinic (Alameda, CA).
Mosher’s people-focused design approach was influenced by overseas working experiences. He spent a year in Istanbul, Turkey, shadowing patients, researchers, and caregivers. This tenure gave Mosher valuable insights into improving care through designing better environments. A project in Lisbon, Portugal, also shaped Mosher’s career. Working for Indian architect Charles Correa, whom Mosher considers his mentor, he “learned about the integration of art and science” while helping design Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a cancer research and treatment facility.
Mosher elaborates, “I am inspired by life-science facilities’ ability to foster innovation and transform cities and communities. The biotech industry is decentralizing and integrating into neighborhoods by embracing amenity spaces, among other design philosophies. Several wonderful examples of this are happening in the Bay Area.” Form4 projects Mosher is currently managing include Adicet Bio research and development labs (Redwood City, CA), Adrian Science Park (Millbrae, CA), and Allekos Biotechnology training facility (Redwood City, CA).
Mosher received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Outside of work, his hobbies include drawing, playing bass and guitar, and exploring new places.
Form4 Architecture believes in returning a sense of humanity to Modernism through emotional meaning and poetic design. The award-winning firm specializes in creating environments—whether tech offices, mixed-use developments, educational facilities, or cultural institutions—that respond as equally to the environment of the site as they do to the people they serve. Winner of the 2017 American Prize for Architecture, Form4 creates formal expressions that are emotionally resonant and conceptually thoughtful, as well as deeply extend the client’s values and goals. As collaborative partners in the building process, the principals of Form4 Architecture—Paul Ferro, John Marx, AIA, James Tefend, and Colin Speer—are actively involved with every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision. Since 1998, the firm has built a rich portfolio of award-winning work for national and international clients within diverse market sectors.