Alda Ly Architecture Designs Bold, Vibrant Space for Tia's New Los Angeles Outpost

Los Angeles, CA—Alda Ly Architecture (ALA) has designed a bold, vibrant space for Tia, a full-service women's healthcare platform architecting a new, women-centric model of care with a blend of in-person and virtual services. ALA’s design visualizes the Tia ethos: to offer a personalized approach to healthcare by fusing OB/GYN, primary care, mental health, and evidenced-based wellness services into an integrative experience that's convenient, collaborative, and focused on prevention. With its inaugural Los Angeles location, Tia will be able to serve thousands of patients in the community.

The Los Angeles space is the first of several Tia locations ALA is designing for the fast-growing healthcare startup, including its San Francisco headquarters, a clinic in Phoenix, and more to follow. Tia’s first location is located in New York City. 

Located on a window-laced second floor, the 3,000-square-foot Los Angeles clinic overlooks a bustling corner of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. The new space will address the rapidly growing Los Angeles neighborhood's primary care, OB/GYN, and mental health shortages, which currently experiences an average 45-day wait period for a primary care appointment, while the city itself has the second worst OB/GYN shortage in the U.S.

Built to serve as an accessible community hub, Tia chose this location for its accessibility and sense of camaraderie, qualities that frame ALA’s design. “Tia’s long-term goal is to be an active community space that offers both accessible individual care and facilitates open, communal conversations about women’s health,” explains ALA founder and principal Alda Ly. “With that in mind, the design is inviting, easy to navigate, and uplifting.”

Overall, Tia Silver Lake’s layout provides visual transparency and intuitive navigation, helping guide patients, staff, and providers through their individual and communal care journeys. Warm and distinct colors, materials, and graphics—an extension of Tia’s identity—are used to anchor the experience, provide wayfinding, and highlight educational “moments” in the form of strategically placed plaques with healthcare facts. To fix healthcare for women, Tia also recognized that it needed to fix healthcare for providers. Working with providers to understand what would be the best environment for them, Tia and ALA created distinct, calming spaces for work, continuing education, and breaks—notably, a one-of-a-kind lab filled with natural light, a stark contrast to the windowless environments in which providers all-too-often work. Throughout, materials were selected for their hygienic properties, durability, and sustainability. 

Upon entry, an archway leads towards a COVID-safe indoor/outdoor waiting area, featuring a botanicals-filled patio with views of the Hollywood Hills and mountains beyond. A red banquette and yellow lounge chairs offer comfortable seating in uplifting colors, while a hospitality station offering refreshments from vermilion cabinetry complements the bright, lush waiting lounge. 

Adjacent, a warm, colorful reception area studded with skylights and a graphic mural by a local female artist sets the overall tone. A live display introduces Tia’s commitment to tech integration, while an arched niche backed with a bronze mirror houses educational books and plants. A softly curving front desk clad in wood-grain laminate draws lines towards open archways that bookend the space, defining the transition into Tia Silver Lake’s front and back wings while maintaining transparency and fluid movement. Bio-polyurethane flooring resembling light wood runs throughout; an alternative to standard vinyl flooring, the material is resilient, doesn't off-gas, and minimizes bacteria growth.

This wing also incorporates a lactation room, underlining Tia’s emphasis on holistic women’s care and supporting all women's needs, while an acupuncture room is nestled alongside exam and procedure rooms, mixing evidence-based wellness with medical care. A staff break room and lounge complete with plenty of natural light, blue millwork, coral accents, and golden-yellow phone and changing rooms embody Tia's commitment to providing a space that's not just nice to visit, but also pleasant to work within. Silicone upholstery is applied to stools and benches across staff lounge and office spaces. Composed of an organic material (sand), these surfaces do not contain solvents or additives, do not off-gas, and are extremely durable and bleach-cleanable.

Open archways continue down the corridor, connecting four exam rooms on one side of the hall and a lab and phlebotomy room on the other. This orientation, which pairs tight-knit rooms with fluid navigation, reflects Tia’s integrative approach where primary care doctors, gynecologists, mental health professionals, and wellness experts are in close proximity and conversation with each other about a given patient’s care. ​ 

Responding to Tia’s belief that everyone should be seen, heard, and cared for, consultation ​ rooms offer a variety of privacy levels and personalizable features. Each of the four rooms is distinguished by a different theme and color palette—green or “Aloe”; ​ yellow or “Vitamin D”; orange-red or “Turmeric”; and blue—in which you’ll find facts explaining how the theme supports your health. This strategy doubles as a personalized experience for patients and a unique wayfinding tool. “The color scheme is non-traditional, designed to reflect the Tia brand and also make the exam experience more uplifting and welcoming—the opposite of intimidating or sterile,” says Tania Chau, ALA’s Director Interior Design. 

Consultation rooms also include an entry threshold with a drop ceiling clad in darker tones to create a peaceful, private transitional moment. One side of the threshold contains provider tools (sink, cabinetry, storage) while the other offers a patient closet for storing the Tia robe and personal items, as well as a comfortable chair for resting pre- and post-exam. This area is separated from the main exam space by a monochromatic curtain that allows for varying levels of privacy depending on the consultation or procedure. “We’re creating rooms that have scene-setting based on the level of privacy required during the appointment,” explains Marissa Feddema, ALA’s Director of Architecture. An interactive screen leveraged constantly by providers as a tool to guide patients through care plans, tests, and meditations during difficult procedures, such as IUD insertions, is positioned as the focal point of each room. 

At the end of the hall, a classroom lined in windows faces Sunset Boulevard, connecting Tia to the streetscape and surrounding community. Another kaleidoscopic mural by a local female artist spills across two walls and can be seen from the street. This flexible room is designed for provider training and patient education alike, including classes, panels, and other group gatherings where exchange of information is paramount. For this reason, furniture and seating can be arranged in numerous scenarios for fluid, flexible, and accessible conversation and care. ​ 

ALA’s partnership with Tia affirms the studio’s position as an expert and thought leader in innovative, human-first healthcare design and architecture. The team brings a deep knowledge of biophilic design, cutting edge technologies, and architectural and interior strategies that promote comfort, ease, empathy, and patient personalization, honed on other health and wellness projects for companies such as Parsley Health, Alto, Liv by Advantia, and HealthQuarters. 

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Project Credits:

Project Name: Tia Silver Lake

Client: Tia

Location: 3921 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Area: 3,000 square feet 

Program: Healthcare

Design Architect and Interior Design: Alda Ly Architecture Team: Alda Ly, Marissa Feddema, Tania Chau, Kolby Forbes, Daisy Hook, Talitha Liu 

Architect of Record: Martinkovic Milford Architects

Lighting Design: Silver Shoe Design

AV/IT: Sound Solutions

Millwork: Voila! 

Contractor: ​ Precise Contractor Inc


Furnishings by Room:


Reception desk: Durat 021 counter and Wilsonart Fawn Cypress laminate

Yellow vase - Raawii Strøm vase

Arched niche: Poketo Mujer vases

Planter: West Elm Bishop Planter

Living Room

Black side tables: Muuto Relate side table

Yellow Gold armchairs: Artifort Pala armchair by Studio TK

Pendant: Rejuvenation Folk Abigail Soft Cone Pendant

Mirror: Crate and Barrel Peyton Mirror

Exam Room

Sconce: RBW Pastille sconce

Mirror: Umbra Hub Mirror

Chair: Allermuir Kin Fully-Upholstered Tub chair

Curtain - Maharam Enlace in Daylily


Counter: Caesarstone Organic White

Sconce: RBW Pastille sconce

Curtain: Designtex Brushed Flannel Drapery in Yellow Gold

Chair: Allermuir Kin Fully-Upholstered Tub chair

Staff Lounge

Banquette: Sit on It Pasea Modular Lounge Tables - National Office Furniture Footings table

Side Chair: Article Svelti chair

Planters: Palette Pots

Fruit bowl: SIN Prong Fruit Bowl

Sconce: ANDLight Pebble Sconce


Chairs: Howe Sixe chair

Table: Boss Design Deploy table

Cabinets: West Elm Emilia Buffet

White Planter: West Elm Bishop planter Orange/ Yellow planters - Palette Pots

Table Lamp: SIN Rolling Hills lamp

Pendants: Established & Sons Aura pendants



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About Alda Ly Architecture

Alda Ly Architecture (ALA) was founded in 2017 when groundbreaking co-working platform The Wing tapped Ly to design its East Coast and California locations. ALA continues to serve a growing number of entrepreneurs and startups as well as established organizations looking to rethink traditional retail, healthcare, office, and cultural spaces. ALA is a recognized thought leader in biophilic design and has been featured nationally and internationally in publications such as Metropolis, Contract, Interior Design, etc.

The New York-based studio’s long list of clients includes Bloomberg, Red Bull, Princeton University, Rent the Runway, Christian Louboutin and women’s healthcare platform, Tia.

While ALA’s projects range from those with multi-million dollar construction budgets to start-ups building their very first headquarters, they all share ALA’s minimalist and playful design vocabulary, and seamlessly combine comfort, wellness, smart planning and fresh interior design concepts.

To arrive at these thoughtful, custom solutions, ALA treats each as an opportunity to foster a client’s creativity. Because the studio often gives form to services and business models that have few spatial precedents, it starts each project with a discovery phase in which an organization’s founders, team members, and users share their individual experiences with that brand; ALA’s ethnographic research becomes the basis of programming and functionality, as well as concepts for layouts and finishes.

Ly and her team pride themselves on deep listening and hands-on collaboration in this process, and the studio is committed to expressing every commission’s potential within the constraints of time and budget.

Alda Ly Architecture is a certified Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) with NYC.

Alda Ly is founder and principal of ALA. Born in New Zealand and raised in a working-class suburb of Los Angeles, she would watch her cabinetmaker father draw kitchen elevations and accompany him to open houses to see how other people shaped their spaces. From the moment she studied freehand drawing as a UC Berkeley undergrad, Ly knew she wanted to become an architect, and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. While still a student at Harvard, in 2008 she helped launch MASS Design Group, the award-winning nonprofit design practice dedicated to humanitarian and socially sustainable work.

Since 2002, Ly has lived in New York City and has worked at Rafael Viñoly Architects, 212box, HWKN, and Leong Leong. In these tenures, she nurtured a curiosity in evolving work and cultural spaces, and discovered a talent for leading project teams with empathy. She also co-founded Designers Assembly, which supports young architects who aspire to ethical, creatively fulfilling entrepreneurship. She lives with her husband Rob, a tech product manager, and their son Simon and daughter Stella.