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The AAH mission is to improve both the quality of healthcare design and the design of healthy communities by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating design practitioners and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of architecture; and affiliating and advocating with others that share these priorities.

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2015 Healthcare Awards

The Call for Entries is now closed! Thank you for submitting!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Discover events, conferences, continuing education webinars and more from the AIA AAH Event Calendar. Local components are invited to
send upcoming events for local AAH committees
to aah@aia.org. 

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State & Local Chapters

Local and State Chapters

AIA AAH offers local chapters wanting to start an AAH committee the tools
to help establish a committee and a network of successful local groups
from which to draw ideas and inspiration.

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AAH Foundation

Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation

The Mission of the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation is support the Academy of Architecture for Health and to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness
of those who create healthcare environments through the funding of critical
educational and research activities.

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Academy Journal

Academy Journal &
Academy Updates

The Academy Journal is a publication of the Academy of Architecture for Healthcare. We explore subjects of interest to AIA-AAH members and others involved in healthcare architecture, planning, designing, and construction. Our goal is to promote awareness, educational exchange, and advancement of our overall project-delivery process and building products.

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AIA/AAH Design Awards 2015

The 2015 Call for Submissions is now closed!
Submission deadline: March 9, 2015 before 5pm ET. View submission details.

The AIA-AAH Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. The awards highlight the trends of healthcare facilities and the future direction of these facilities. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. View the 2014 Award recipient project profiles. See Past Recipients: 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

AIA AAH Presidential Citations
In order to recognize the work of individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to the success of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (the Academy), the Board of Directors instituted in 2010 the Presidential Citation.

AIA AAH ICU Design Citation Award
Awarded to the entry that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complimentary manner. Questions?  Contact Carol Prendergast.

Herman Miller Intern Scholarship
Herman Miller Healthcare sponsors intern architects to attend HealthcareDesign14, the fall conference of the Center for Health Design/AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. This year the conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on November 15-18, 2014. The selected intern architects are receiving reimbursement to assist with attendance and travel to the conference.This scholarship program is part of Herman Miller's continuing commitment to excellence in healthcare architecture and support of young architects. View  Recipients.

AIA Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design
This fellowship is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. 

About the Academy

2014 Healthcare Design Award Recipient

Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
Ballinger - Lancaster, PA

The AAH mission is to improve both the quality of healthcare design and the design of healthy communities by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating design practitioners and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of architecture; and affiliating and advocating with others that share these priorities.

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Upcoming Events

Community Health and Healthcare Design – Three Perspectives

Research Resources

Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK)
A collaborative effort of the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences, BRIK is an interactive portal offering online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of building, from predesign, design, and construction through occupancy and reuse. Visit the BRIK website >> .

Allied Organizations

International Union of Architects (UIA)
What is the UIA Public Health Group? The UIA - PHG is one of the working bodies of the UIA, the Union International des Architects or International Union of Architects. It was founded in1955 and represent members and guest from all continents and a growing participation from more than 60 countries in 2012. Within the context of the UIA philosophy it is the vision of the UIA-PHG that world public health can profit by the dedication of architects to provide efficient, safe and aesthetic health care buildings and an environment that can contribute to a more rapid healing of the patients as well as an improvement in staff operations and satisfaction. Visit the UIA website >> .

2014 UIA-PHG & GUPHA Meeting in Durban, South Africa
The 2014 UIA-Public Health Group (PHG) Annual Seminar and the Global University Program of Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) were held as a part of the XXV UIA Convention during August 3-7 in Durban, South Africa. The PHG seminar featured 24 presentations from 17 countries to address the theme “Healthcare Otherwhere: Resilience, Ecology and Values.” During the GUPHA meeting, the member universities exchanged teaching methods and philosophies of their programs.  See More Info »

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Healthcare Design's Best Under 40

The U40 List is nomination oriented recognition to celebrate individuals making a significant contribution to the advancement of health facilities design. Each year up to two individuals will be selected to have their names added to the distinguished U40 List.

The U40 List is open to any individual who will be UNDER 40 years of age on 7/17/2015. Nominees are not limited to architects‐ any individual (researcher, educator, planner, and beyond) who has worked on healthcare related projects or research for at least the past 5 years is eligible.

Recipients will receive a $1000 Travel stipend to attend the Summer Leadership Summit in Chicago on July 17‐18, 2015. Firms submitting nominations for The U40 List should plan to support their candidate with any additional travel costs above the stipend prize.

Recommendations due by May 11, 2015

Now Accepting Applications: 2015 SLS Next Generation Scholarship

The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects will sponsor two intern architects to attend the 2015 Summer Leadership Summit (SLS). The SLS is an annual gathering in Chicago of approximately 175 leaders in healthcare design from the U.S. and around the world. We will convene for two days of presentations and panel discussions that address the future of healthcare from the government, healthcare organization and design community perspectives.

Application materials due by May 4, 2015

Call for Papers: 2015 Academy Journal

Submission Due Date: May 31, 2015

You are invited to submit articles, innovative project case studies, completed research projects, and monographs in the field of healthcare design.

Articles should be timely; preview new trends; and address industry wide topics, issues of relevance, and emerging technology in the healthcare system.

2014 AIA-AAH Media Survey Results

While in Chicago at the Summer Leadership Summit, we asked for your input and suggestions on how to best communicate information from the Academy to the membership. We also asked what kind of information you were interested in receiving from the Academy. 

The results are here and the Communications Committee will begin discussing how we can improve our communications media and process to keep our membership informed, involved and active. As always, we value the input and support of our membership.

AIA AAH Event Information Survey

We would like to hear all about your events. Please use the attached document to make sure that we have all the available information.

Once complete, please send an brief message to Helen Byce to indicate your event posting has been requested.

Letter from the 2015 President: Tatiana Guimaraes, Assoc. AIA

To our dear Academy of Architecture for Health members:

First, I would like to wish each of you a wonderful and successful 2015.

I look upon this year with much hope for a brighter future, with growth and expansion in our profession, as well as for the Academy. We have emerged from a time of economic difficulties, new healthcare policies and smaller expenditures; and it is encouraging to see the country moving forward and the economy improving.

I believe it is important to start the year by reflecting on the past. In the previous 10 years, the Academy has experienced several significant changes that have shaped us and made us stronger: realigning our own fall conference with the Center for Health Design and Vendome, developing an improved and growing relationship with the AIA, starting the AAH Design Awards, and creating the Summer Leadership Summit, are just some examples. We now have more financial independence, offering opportunities for us to focus on projects that will benefit all of us.

View the full 2015 AAH President Letter

Healthcare Architecture and the Affordable Care Act

We have all seen the statistics. The US has the most expensive healthcare system among the highly developed nations of the world (more than double the average cost per person / year). And despite committing almost 18% of our GDP annually to healthcare, we are not achieving the comparable results. Our life expectancy is about a year less than the average among our international peers (significantly less than many nations). Our infant mortality rates are significantly higher than comparable nations and our children are becoming increasingly obese. Read full paper.

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Knowledge Repository

Knowledge Repository

The Academy of Architecture (AAH) for Health is a major sponsor and contributor to this exciting new resource, enabling healthcare architects to perform rapid literature searches for research findings to inform their project work.


The Knowledge Repository is a searchable database of research studies, articles, and scholarly papers developed by the research staff at the Center for Health Design.  It is being created as a ‘bridge’ between the research community and architects and designers.  The methodology provides summaries of each piece of information in the database which outlines key findings, limitations, and applicability.  In addition, full citations and abstracts are included, and in many cases, the entire paper is linked to the entry.  The information is searchable by topics or keywords.  AAH Research Initiatives Committee members sit on its advisory team to guide its structure and content to ensure that it is developed as a significant and usable tool for architects.

The Goal

Eventually to be included are all AAH Foundation research grants, the Academy Journal archives, over 2,500 papers collected by CHD over several years, and continued annual additions as new research is created.  In its first year, 2012, with AAH’s sole sponsorship, 100 summaries were created.  In 2013, with continued AAH support and additional support from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI), around 500 summaries are expected to be added to the database. 

A sampling of the first 100 summaries

Visit the Knowledge Repository