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AIA/AAH Design Awards 2015

The 2015 Award Recipients have been announced! View the recipients.

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.

See Past Recipients: 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 

About the Academy

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

AIA/AAH Awards

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. 

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

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 »


  • Architecture for Health Lecture Series

    Toward Improved Health and Health Facility Design in Africa

    Designers, healthcare administrators and thought leaders from Africa, France, Belgium, and the United States will discuss health facility design and environmental health issues in Africa during the Fall 2015 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at the Texas A&M College of Architecture. The lectures, open to the public, will take place on most Fridays during the fall 2015 semester at 11:30 a.m. in Langford C105.

  • 2016 PDC Summit: Registration Open

    March 20-23, 2015 in San Diego, CA

    The PDC Summit is a dynamic industry event coordinated by a trusted network of not-for-profit organizations with expertise in health care planning, design, and construction. 100% of all conference revenue is reinvested into the mission of optimizing the health care physical environment. More than 3,200 senior leaders from hospitals, design firms, and construction companies attend the PDC Summit to share perspectives on optimizing healing environments. This is the one conference with an integrated audience of C-level, design, construction, and operations professionals with more than two-thirds of attendees returning to the event each year.

    Plan to attend the PDC Summit to network with top industry professionals in the field and get the information you need to maximize value in the health care built environment.

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.

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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