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Chair: Georgeann Burns, Assoc. AIA As one part of the new direction spurred by the AAH strategic planning process, the Outreach Committee was formed to gather information on a wide range of groups involved in the creation of healthcare environments and in the delivery of healthcare. Through collaboration with the Communications Committee, we will make that information available to our members by being published in the Newsletter, on the website, via blast emails or in the Digest. In addition we intend to develop deeper relationships with organizations that could lead to joint projects such as webinars or white papers.  The committee has developed a ...
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AAH Articles and Blogs The AAH articles and blogs team recently collaborated with HCD Magazine with the following perspectives: High Stakes of Healthcare Planning by Dr. George Tingwald and Research Update: Positive Trends In Research For Healthcare Environments by Tom Clark, Byron Edwards, and Lindsey Stang, which will be featured in the August issue.    Academy Journal 2017– Call for Papers "With the recent annual submission deadline of May 31 just past, the Committee is reviewing a number of publication submissions for consideration for the 2017 issue of the Journal. AIA has just completed loading the submissions for the start of the ...
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Education

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Webinars Great content is available for brushing up on your skills or adding to your knowledge base through the Academy. The next webinar will be on July 18 at 2-3pm EDT. Mark your calendar and learn more about our upcoming webinars.    If you have missed any of the webinars and want to catch up on your homework, recorded webinars from 2016 and 2017 can now be found on Vimeo . Research The Case Study Library   is now available as a resource to members! The Research Initiatives Committee plans to build a large accessibly online database of these case studies for healthcare architects, designers and planners (along with their clients) ...
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Committee Members:    Sara Shumbera, Assoc. AIA ;  Akshay Sangolli, AIA and  Larry Staples, AIA The Summer Leadership Summit (SLS) , co-sponsored with the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) , is quickly approaching! Don’t forget to register by July 7 . The SLS will be held in Chicago on July 21-23 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. We hope to see you there! Note: The Next Generation Scholarship for this year's Summit is now closed, but will re-open for submissions next February 2018. As a reminder, the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference , co-produced with the Center for Health Design and the AAH, will be in Orlando from November ...
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One of my true pleasures as Past President of the Academy is my work in Talent Development. I like to think of it as matchmaking: I find talented people to fill interesting roles within the Academy. In the process, I get to know a lot of great people. The success of our Strategic Planning efforts last year, plus the response to our all-member survey, resulted in a lot of fine matches for 2017 and beyond. With a true focus on our strategy, we can fully engage our volunteers in meaningful activities in support of the Academy’s mission, to provide knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for ...
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Architecture for Health: Architecture with Purpose For those of us who attended the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, held April 26-29 in Orlando, we heard from many inspiring architects who are designing architecture with purpose.  AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA led the message in his opening talk and in introductions of several keynotes.  What is architecture with purpose? Francis Kere showed how he created compelling architecture using primitive means to build schools, housing and community in the tiny African nation of Burkina Faso. Alejandro Aravena showed how he empowered a poor community in Chile by building half-completed homes, incentivizing ...
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(1) Do Not Let Complexities of the Building Become Complexities of the Patient. Healthcare Architecture can be considered one of the most complex, as it must accommodate the most advanced medical systems and equipment, while it must also accommodate some of the most complex organizational and operational functions and cross- functions, all while meeting the most rigorous regulatory requirements known to be in place. Despite all of that, a better Patient Experience would be one that is simpler and cleaner, nearly completely independent from building, operational or regulatory complexities.    (2) Do Keep in Mind the Whole is Greater than the ...
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Apply today for our scholarships and fellowships! Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 (U40) Accepting applications until April 3, 2017 Recognize and celebrate individuals under 40 years of age making a significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare design. Each year up to two individuals are selected to have their names added to the distinguished U40 List. Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design Accepting applications until April 20, 2017 This fellowship supports graduate students and emerging professionals seeking licensure, increasing their awareness of the needs and nature of ...
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Committee Members: Sara Shumbera, Assoc. AIA ; Akshay Sangolli, AIA and Larry Staples, AIA Congratulations to the new AAH Chair for this committee, Steve Langston! By the time you read this edition, another fantastic conference and learning opportunity will have passed, the ASHE Planning, Design and Construction Summit, this year held in Orlando, Florida. Co-produced with AAH and ASHE, including four full days of tours, learning sessions and roundtables on Flexibililty for the Future; and keynote speakers including Ann Compton, this conference never disappoints. Look for highlights in our next Update, and be sure to include ASHE PDC in your ...
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Codes and standards

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FGI Guidelines Changes to the 2018 FGI guidelines are undergoing a final review. Stay connected to the FGI website for further updates. NFPA AAH and ASHE are encouraging members with NFPA memberships to be at the NFPA to vote on critical issues that affect the future of healthcare design and construction. For more information see www.ashe.org/unifiedcodes . Committees for 2018 and beyond are in the process of being formalized. Those interested in being on a codes and standards sub-committee should feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Chad Beebe, AIA, SAS
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AAH Design Awards Committee Committee Chair: Pierce McVey, AIA, LEED GA, EDAC Good luck to all who submitted for the AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards . The deadline for entries was March 13, 2017. Look for award recipients to be announced and presented in July at the AIA AAH/ACHA Summer Leadership Summit in Chicago. In recognition that healthcare building involves working within existing healthcare settings, AIA/AAH has included a new category starting 2017 Renovations/Remodeled construction. Awarded projects will be featured on the AIA website and in the AIA Supplement in November. They will also be published in the case study database developed ...
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Academy of Architecture for Health Talent Development: Its great to be involved! Heres how. As we implement the Academys Strategic Plan, the most important resource we intend to cultivate is our volunteers. To the many of you who registered your interest in involvement through our member survey last year, or in response to one of our newsletters, thank you! To the best of our knowledge, each of you has by now been individually contacted; if we missed you somehow, please let us know by emailing aah@aia.org . We are in the process of matching volunteer interests to opportunities. We still have interesting positions open for Conferences, Visibility, Education, ...
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I am really excited to be serving the Academy as this years President. It is only March and there are already many new things underway that will usher in significant benefits for our members. Before I go into that, I want to thank Joan Suchomel, our Past President, who led the Board through the first strategic plan in several years. It kicked off with a member survey, focus groups, and lots of reading, followed by recommendations of four task forces looking at governance, talent, programs, and connections/influence. It was a lot of work, but beginning this year, and continuing for coming years, you will see changes responding to needs expressed by our knowledge ...
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The AIA AAH Regional Initiatives Committees mission is to assist regional groups of healthcare architects in establishing or enhancing local programs providing knowledge sharing events. Over the coming year, we are looking to provide more ways for regions to connect and learn from one-another. We have made progress on establishing an interactive calendar so that access to information and events will be more readily available to all AAH members. This year we have encouraged more local component formations with in the regions. Along with the AIA AAH Regional Initiatives Committee we are starting discussions on an international basis. The AIA AAH International ...
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Codes and standards

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FGI The Codes and Standards Committee assembled a task force of AAH members to provide input to Scott, Rebecca and Bryan which was then used to develop proposals on the 2018 edition of the FGI guidelines. The review and comment period of the draft 2018 edition closed on Monday, December 12. NFPA The NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 sub committees developed proposals and comments on the 2018 editions of the documents. AAH board member Chad Beebe represented the academy at the committee meetings. Support is still needed from the Academy membership. It is important that those involved in healthcare design represent the architectural profession on codes ...
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Practice advancement

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Herman Miller This year we awarded the Herman Miller Healthcare Scholarship to six individuals to attend the Healthcare Design Conference in Houston. The scholars included Scott AbernethySmithGroup JJR; Becca HoynoskiIron Horse Architects; Jacob ZikmundDSGW Architects; Abigail LupienTRO; Jacqueline ColaianniHKS, Inc. and Yana GrinblatDesignGroup. Summer Leadership Summit (SLS) scholars Rachael Giana Johnson, HMC Architects and Kirsten Staloch, HGA were selected as the SLS scholars in 2016. They are actively engaged in the SLS planning committee for 2017. Fellowships The Arthur N. Tuttle fellowship was awarded to Naomi Sachs ...
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Education

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Academy Journal This scholarly journal features research, theory, and articles of interest aimed at healthcare architects. In case you missed it, the current print 18th edition was available at HCD, but you can also view it in PDF format. The 19th edition featuring five new articles was released earlier this month via email. Look for it to be printed in November 2017. You can view the Journal archives online . Webinar Program The Academy Webinar Program has been offering excellent educational content since 2008. This year, the program started mid-year as a monthly event every second Tuesday of the month. There are three series, which rotate: ...
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This has been a great year for the AAH family. We have engaged over 35 new volunteers in 2016! In addition, through our survey, many more have responded with interest. This is very exciting! Also, in 2016, as you read above, we had a year of reorganization and thinking about the Academy. From the Strategic Planning process, we are currently restructuring our committees which will bring many new exciting opportunities for volunteering in 2017. With that, we would like to invite you to get more involved with us and be more actively engaged in our programs. If you are interested, just let us know and we will get you working! Please email aah@aia.org . ...
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The Academy Board, with volunteer facilitator Scot Latimer, has been working for the greater part of 2016 on a five-year Strategic Plan. We started by asking the question, How best can our organization serve our members and the greater community? We set out to discover our relevance in a crowded field; our distinct competencies and value proposition; the non-negotiable characteristics that define us; and how we can be a primary player and influencer in the field of healthcare design. The research portion of our discovery process included a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) Analysis by the Board; individual interviews of Board members, non-board ...
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This year has seen many accomplishments for the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) members. The AAH Board's focus on strategic planning will help us continue to provide the educational activities and networking opportunities that you told us were important. Thank you to those who responded to our member survey! We hope to take your direction and continue to improve on your behalf. Our Summer Leadership Summit, in collaboration with ACHA, provided an additional chance to learn and meet others. Highlights of this conference were our design awards, which continue to gain recognition in our industry; our Next Generation and U40 young professionals who showed ...
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