Dr. Chris O'Brien was the founder of the Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute. He died in June 2009 from a brain tumor, but not before using his experience to develop a 96-bed integrated cancer-treatment center, where outpatient care, clinical trials, research, education, complementary therapies and psycho-social support for patients could be offered in one place.
The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse is a private institution on the campus of the public Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. It was designed by the Australian architectural firm Rice Daubney, which was acquired last October by Omaha, Neb.-based HDR.
Judges gave the project an Award of Excellence in Modern Healthcare's Design Awards.