Letter from the Editor, Academy Journal 19th Edition


Dear readers,

This is a special 19th edition of the Academy Journal, published by the AAH knowledge community. It includes five articles published online last year and three new articles from this year that enhance the built environment for health care. Moving forward, we’ve decided to publish articles from the current year for both online and print distribution.

As the official publication of the Academy, the Journal publishes articles of particular interest to AIA members and the public involved in the fields of health care architecture, planning, design, research, and construction. The goal has always been to expand and promote awareness, educational exchange, and advancement of the overall project delivery process, building products, and medical progress that affects all involved in those fields.

Articles are submitted to, and reviewed by, an experienced, nationally diverse editorial review committee (ERC). Over the years, the committee has reviewed hundreds of submissions, responded to writers’ inquiries, and encouraged and assisted writers in achieving publication. In its 19-year history, the Journal has provided valuable opportunities for new and seasoned authors from the architecture and health care professions, including architects, physicians, nurses, other health care providers, academics, research scientists, and students from the US and foreign countries.

Published articles have explored a broad range of medical topics, including research trends and the future of healthcare architecture, cardiac care, future and evolving technology, patient rooms and patient safety, lighting design for health care, psychology, workplace design, cancer care environments, emergency care, women’s and children’s care, and various health care project delivery methods.

We encourage graduates who have received health care research scholarships and others involved with research within the health care architecture field to submit their research to the Journal for publication consideration. We’ll continue to develop a cross-referenced article index and a broader base of writers and readers. The deadline for the 2018 call for papers is May 31, 2018.

Since the late 1990s, this free publication has expanded to include worldwide distribution. We are proud to report that as our readership continues to grow, it also expands internationally. Readers have viewed the Journal online from the US, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, India, and Saudi Arabia, just to name a few. The Journal is available to the 90,000 AIA members and the public on the AAH website at aia.org/aah.

My special thanks to AIA for its continued support and hard-working staff and to the many volunteers who have contributed to our growing and continued success. I would especially like to thank the other members of the 2017 ERC: Joyce Redden (TN); John Sealander, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, LEED AP (CA); Janice Stanton, RN, MBA, EDAC (IL); Donald L. Myers, AIA, NCARB (VA); Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC (OH) and Sharon Woodworth, FAIA, FACHA (CA).

As always, we appreciate your feedback, comments and suggestions by emailing aah@aia.org or calling me at (631) 246-5660.


Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB

Editor, Academy Journal

November 2017