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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. Join AAH by updating your AIA Account.

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2016 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards

Kaiser Permanente, Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center; photo credit: Bruce Damonte.

The AIA/AAH has selected seven recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The award program showcases the best healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. View the 2016 recipients >

Award supplements

Get an in-depth look at the AAH Healthcare Design Award recipient projects with the award supplements created by Emerald with Healthcare Design.

 Download the 2016 and 2015 PDFs >

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.Visit the Knowledge Repository.



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.



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.Review a sampling of the first 100 summaries.

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.


  • J. Armand Burgun Fellowship

    Fellowship awards will range from $10,000 - $20,000 and go to students and young professionals demonstrating a strong interest in advancing the knowledge, application and participation of the Facilities Guidelines Institute. Applications are due January 20, 2017.

  • Review and comment on draft 2018 FGI Guidelines

    The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) invites users of the FGI Guidelines to comment on its draft 2018 documents, posted for public review beginning September 29, 2016. Input from the field is critical to revising the Guidelines documents, which provide fundamental standards for design and construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care, and support facilities. Submit your comments by December 12, 2016.

  • Present your work in the 2017 Architecture for Health Showcase

    ASHE and AAH have teamed up to host the Architecture for Health Showcase, a program that helps health care leaders learn about the latest projects in health care facility design and construction. It includes three components: an on-site gallery, a printed compendium, and an online gallery. Firms of all sizes are encouraged to participate. Applications due by December 16, 2016.

Latest Discussions

  • This is a reminder that the deadline for FGI Public Comment on proposed changes to the 2018 Guidelines is December 12 , 2016.With this deadline upon us, The Academy of Architecture for Health would...

Latest Resources

  • Young professionals and graduate students - this is the inaugural year of the Burgun Fellowship! Fellowship...

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on December 13, 2016 from...

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