Editor’s corner


"Learning never exhausts the mind." ~ Leonardo da Vinci

As is the tradition each July, the Academy of Architecture for Health and American College of Healthcare Architects hold the annual Summer Leadership Summit (SLS). A venue created for learning, sharing, and networking, this year’s event focused on design success, and as usual, did not disappoint. With keynote speakers such as Dr. Paul Tang talking about artificial intelligence and its influence on the care process, to Kaiser Permanente talking about communities investing in healthcare; to the esteemed panel from the Center for Health Design emphasizing the influence of design on outcome measures; this year’s event was all about data; how to capture it, filter it; compile it; understand it and finally USE it to create better healthcare facilities. Da Vinci once said that learning never exhausts the mind, do you agree?

Another highlight of the SLS is the AAH Foundation fundraising event, this year held at the Adler Planetarium. According to Scotty Miller, this year’s event raised approximately $14,000 toward scholarships and grants to further support firms and educational institutions toward enhancing the knowledge and effectiveness of healthcare environments. Again, research and data are both critical to this success; the AAH Foundation is key to this effort. If you or your team are interested in applying for a grant, please visit this link to learn more. Thanks to all those who continue to support the Foundation through their volunteerism, and to those who have also contributed toward expanding the knowledge base in our industry.

AAH_foundation_party.jpgView from the Adler Planetarium during the AAH Foundation event.

As the year comes to a close, I encourage you to take the time to enjoy the environment around you. With the end of each season brings an opportunity for change, growth and reflection on past accomplishments. Based on the success of this summer’s SLS, I would say the Academy is well-positioned for future success.


Kimberly N. Montague, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP
AAH Communications Chair