Mr. Ephraim Baran co-founded the firm of Rochlin & Baran in 1952 with his classmate from UC Berkeley, Mr. Fred Rochlin. As a Managing Partner of the firm for 40 years, Ephraim Baran was an accomplished innovator in the design of institutional facilities. During his tenure, Mr. Baran established this firm’s standards of excellence in facility planning, document production, construction management, and quality control for large scale healthcare projects. This included directing the practical application of new building techniques and directing the early involvement of engineering disciplines in the programming of new facilities. Among the many enduring buildings he designed is the distinctive Directors Guild of America Corporate Headquarters in Hollywood, CA, which was recently honored by the AIA with a 20-Year Design Award. However, Mr. Baran identifies his most unique work was serving as the architect of a series of five astronomical observatories throughout the U.S. He was also principal designer for a range of medical office buildings, outpatient clinics, sports medicine clinics, medical centers, specialty hospitals, nursing schools, research laboratories and more. Mr. Baran passed away at the age of 95.