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About the Academy

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.

Healthcare Design Awards 2018

Story County Medical Center Outpatient Unit Expansion in Nevada, Iowa, designed by INVISION Architecture. Photo credit: Cameron Campbell

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected seven recipients with its Healthcare Design Awards for cutting-edge designs that help solve aesthetic, civic, urban and social problems while also being functional and sustainable. View all recipients >

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  • Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Health

    As I reflect on all that has been accomplished in 2018, I want to thank the AAH Board, Committee members, and the AIA staff for their dedication, hard work, and tireless efforts throughout the year. I ... more

  • Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Health

    The AIA AAH STERIS Student Design Charrette is a 48-hour design charrette performed annually at the Healthcare Design Conference (HCD). This Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) program has been running ... more

Knowledge Repository

The Academy 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. Since launching in 2012, it has grown to have over 550 key point summaries. 

The Knowledge Repository is a searchable database of research studies, articles, and scholarly papers hosted and maintained by the Center for Health Design. 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. Members of the AAH Research Initiatives Committee sit on its advisory team to guide its structure and content to ensure that it is developed as a significant and usable tool. 

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  • Academy Journal 20th Edition

    This edition of the Academy Journal includes two articles that support the enhancement of the built environment for health care. 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.
  • Accepting applications: AAH & AAH Foundation Fellowships

    The Academy and the AAH Foundation are currently offering the following fellowship opportunities for graduate students and emerging professionals seeking licensure:

    - Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design
    - J Armand Burgun Fellowship, Griffin/McKahan/Zilm (GMZ) Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning & Design
    - George J. Mann, AIA Travel Prize

    The goal is to increase their awareness of the needs and nature of healthcare facilities. Applications are due by February 8, 2019.
  • 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.

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Latest Library Resources

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on December 4, 2018 from 2–3pm ...

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on October 9, 2018 from 2–3pm ...