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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. Join AAH by updating your AIA Account.

Congratulations to the 2016 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award recipients

Kaiser Permanente, Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center; photo credit: Bruce Damonte.

The AIA/AAH has selected seven recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The award program showcases the best healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. View all recipients.

See past recipients: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

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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.Visit the Knowledge Repository.



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.



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.Review a sampling of the first 100 summaries.

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.


  • Center for Health Design's Research Coalition Announces New Investigator Research Award Applications

    The New Investigator Research Award is designed to encourage more up-and-coming researchers to turn their attention to studying how the built environment impacts outcomes in healthcare. The award is open to Ph.D. students and other recent research degree recipients. The deadline for submissions is September 19, 2016.

  • CMS Adoption of 2012 Edition of NFPA 101

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code®. The change is effective July 5.

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.

Latest Discussions

  • Just released by The Facility Guidelines Institute: The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) invites users of the FGI Guidelines to comment on its draft 2018 documents, posted for public review beginning...

Latest Resources

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on December 13, 2016 from...

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on October 11, 2016 from...

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on September 13, 2016 from...

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