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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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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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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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How to Organize a Healthcare Design Event »

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

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.  View the 2014 Award Recipient Project Profiles.

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Upcoming Events

  1. UIA PHG Dalian, China 2015 Student Competition and Call for Papers

    Monday, December 15, 2014 - Friday, May 15, 2015
    Dalian, China
  2. 2015 PDC Summit: Innovating in Health Care's Uncharted Territory

    Sunday, March 15 - Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    San Antonio

Community Health and Healthcare Design – Three Perspectives


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.

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. 

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 »

Latest Blogs

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    The Joint Commission requirements for food and sanitation

    Academy of Architecture for Health

    The state of Alabama is currently in the process of have a new psychiatric hospital designed. The patients will be fed in the new hospital, however, the food will be prepared in another facility and... more

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2015 PDC Summit is Open for Registration

Innovation in health facility planning, design, and construction starts with creative professionals with diverse perspectives. The PDC Summit is a dynamic educational and networking event that brings together senior leaders working in all disciplines of health care planning, design, and construction to discover ways to create value for the health care built environment. Attend the PDC Summit to connect with colleagues in the field and learn innovative strategies for better navigating the future terrain of health care.

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 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

  • Frank Zilm FAIA, FACHA

    Healthcare Design Alert

    Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Health

    Greetings, As a reminder, The Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation has implemented a biweekly summary and links to relevant healthcare articles that can be accessed on our website - http://aahfoundation.org/healthcare-design-alert-6...

Latest Resources

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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