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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 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

    I am honored to serve as President of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) for 2019. My first experience with the organization was 20 years ago as a graduate student at Texas A&M. I had ... more

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    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

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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  • U40 List: Healthcare Design’s Best Under 40

    The U40 List is nomination oriented recognition to celebrate individuals making a significant contribution to the advancement of health facilities design. Each year up to two individuals will be selected to have their names added to the distinguished U40 List. The recipients will receive a travel stipend to attend the Summer Leadership Summit in Chicago this July. Nominations are due by April 1.
  • Healthcare Design Awards 2019 Open

    Showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research.

    Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns associated with a healthcare setting.
  • 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.

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  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on March 12, 2019 from 2–3pm ...

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on February 12, 2019 from 2–3pm ...