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Upcoming Events

Discover events, conferences, continuing education webinars and more from the AIA AAH Event Calendar. Local components are invited to
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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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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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About the Academy

2013 Healthcare Design Award Recipient

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating Room (AMIGO)
Payette - Boston

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.  View the 2013 Award Recipient Project Profiles.

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Upcoming Events

  1. The Patient Experience Simulation Lab! With the Academy of Architecture for Health of Georgia

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
    Norcross, GA, United States
  2. 2014 Healthcare Gala

    Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
    Orlando, FL, United States
  3. AHP Summer Meeting – Creating Healing Environments

    Friday, June 6, 2014
    Portland, OR, United States
  4. Healthcare Design Conference 2014

    Saturday, November 15 - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    San Diego, CA, United States

Impact of Design on Public Health



The AIA Healthcare Awards program is now accepting admissions for 2014.  The submission deadline has passed. 

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 2013 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.

Herman Miller Intern Scholarship
Herman Miller Healthcare sponsored eight intern architects to attend HealthcareDesign13, the fall conference of the Center for Health Design/AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. The conference was held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL on November 16-19, 2013. Each selected intern architect received up to a $1,500 reimbursement to cover registration fees, air travel, and hotel room costs.  See past recipients.

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

Academy Journal Call for Papers and 2013 Print Edition

Call for Papers
The Academy is accepting papers for the 2014 print edition. The deadline is May 30, 2014. Download the application.

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.

The Academy of Architecture for Health is an interactive and multidisciplinary organization. Submissions selected for publication will reflect the diversity of its programs, the specialized commitments of its membership, and the quality of composition befitting a learned journal that is accessed and read worldwide.

2013 Academy Journal
Articles include, Bench to Bedside, Opportunities for Sustainable Designing and Evolution of the ED.

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Letter from the President 2014

To the Professionals who make up the Academy of Architecture for Health:

I wanted to greet each of you at the beginning of the New Year and offer my best wishes in the coming year.

There are many challenges that face the Healthcare industry not just in 2014 but for the foreseeable future. Within these challenges there are opportunities. While our overall economy improves, our clients continue to be cautious about spending on capital-intensive inpatient projects. The focus on outpatient facilities, process improvement, physician integration and IT continue to be the primary drivers of healthcare spending. The push for electronic systems implementation is receiving a lot of the dollars that used to be spent on “traditional” design and construction.

(Charles H. Griffin, AIA, FACHA, EDAC)

View the full 2014 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.

Latest Discussions

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    Healthcare Design Alerts: Mar 31, 2014 - April 13, 2014 Take Five With Alicia Wachtel Healthcare Design In this series, Healthcare Design asks leading healthcare design professionals, firms,...

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Lynnea Garrett

This document explains how to start a local knowledge community.


Spring 2014 Architecture for Health Lecture Series

A distinguished group of healthcare administrators and facility designers will discuss how leadership can elevate the level of care provided by the United States’ healthcare system at the Spring 2014 Architecture for Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M.

This semester’s series will present speakers with proven track records and demonstrated leadership building healthcare networks that deliver high quality, accessible, affordable, preventive and curative health care to large population groups.

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 >> .

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