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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.

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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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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  • Healthcare Design Conference Registration Open

    Early rates end September 30! Gain valuable insight into the latest research, trends, and strategies in the healthcare design industry when you attend HCD conference sessions and visit the expo floor.

  • 2016 and 2017 webinars on Vimeo

    Want to catch up on AAH webinars you might have missed? Now you can! Our 2016 and 2017 webinar recordings are now available online. From introductory (HC 101) to intermediate (Master Studio) and case study sessions, there's something for everyone.

  • Case study library now available

    The Academy of Architecture for Health proudly announces the publication of its first year of the Case Study Library on the AIA/AAH website! The AIA/AAH Research Initiatives Committee proposes a new and more formal format for these type of informal case studies with the idea that increased rigor will improve the quality of the Case Studies and eventually lead to more detailed POE Studies by researchers.

Latest Discussions

  • Scripps Barbey Family Emergency and Trauma Center: A Partnership in Design for the Future Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET United States LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Identify ...

Latest Resources

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on November 7, 2017 from 2–3pm ...

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    Component Toolkit

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on October 10, 2017 from 2–3pm ...