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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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Healthcare Design Awards 2017 Announced!

Neighborcare Health, Meridian Center for Health.
Photo credit: NBBJ/Sean Airhart.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected seven recipients of the AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards. The award program showcases the best healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research.

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Latest Blogs

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    The AAH Foundation's 6th annual networking reception is at the Adler Planetarium on Friday, July 27 from 6:30–9:30pm. The Adler has the premier night view of Chicago to be shared with friends, both old ... more


  • Herman Miller Healthcare Scholarship

    Herman Miller Healthcare sponsors up to eight emerging professionals seeking licensure to attend the HealthcareDesign Expo and Conference, the fall conference of the Center for Health Design/AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. Each selected recipient will receive a stipend to offset registration fees, air travel, and hotel room costs. The deadline is August 1, 2018.
  • AIA/AAH ACHA Summer Leadership Summit

    There is no single definition of "success" or one way to measure it. One size does not fit all when it comes to evaluating outcomes in American hospitals and clinics - some of the most complex project types healthcare design professionals and owners ever address. 

    We hope to see you in Chicago, July 27-29!
  • Seven new additions to the Case Study Library

    AAH proudly announces seven (7) new case study additions to the Case Study Library with more to follow over the coming months. These case studies are from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award recipients, and we hope to have all of them added by the end of 2018 or sooner.

Latest Discussions

  • The Academy of Architecture Justice (AAJ) Knowledge Community is hosting their conference, Enlightened Justice: Advancing Treatment, this November in New Jersey. The theme for the 2018 conference builds ...

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Latest Library Resources

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on July 10, 2018 from 2–3pm ...

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on June 12, 2018 from 2–3pm ...

Knowledge Repository

The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is a major sponsor and contributor to this robust 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 hosted and maintained by the Center for Health Design. The AAH provides ongoing financial support. 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. 

It is a ‘bridge’ between the research community and architects and designers by providing summaries of studies in the database identifying 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.

Since launching in 2012, it has grown to have over 550 key point summaries. Eventually to be included are all AAH Foundation research grants, the Academy Journal archives, over 3,000 papers collected by CHD over several years, and continued annual additions as new research is created.

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