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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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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.

Purpose: 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.

Goal: 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.

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Healthcare Design Awards 2017

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Photo credit: Nick Merrick/Hedrich Blessing Photographers

Now accepting submissions! This awards 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.

Latest Discussions

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Latest Resources

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on April 11, 2017 from 2–3pm...

  • Submissions are due by May 31, 2017 You are invited to submit articles, innovative project case...

  • The U40 List is nomination oriented recognition to celebrate individuals making a significant contribution...

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.