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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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    Herman Miller Healthcare sponsors several emerging professionals seeking licensure each year to attend the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference (HCD), the fall conference of the Center for Health Design ... more

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    As 2017 comes to an end and we excitedly look towards the New Year we look at some recent changes in the codes and standards of health care. This year the ICC, NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code, and NFPA 99 ... more

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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  • The U40 List: Healthcare Design’s Best Under 40

    Nominate an individual making a significant impact on healthcare design who will be under 40 years of age on April 2, 2018. Each year up to two individuals will be selected to have their names added to this distinguished list and will receive a travel stipend to attend the Summer Leadership Summit in Chicago this July. Applications due April 2.
  • Call for entries! 2018 Healthcare Design Awards

    The AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research. Submit your project by March 19 to be considered for this presigeous program.
  • Academy 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 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.

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  • ​ The AIA-AAH Fellowship Committee is extending the deadline for the (Tuttle, GMZ & Burgun) Fellowships until FEBRUARY 9 TH . We want to make sure everyone who is interested in submitting ...

Latest Resources

  • The application deadline for 2018 is now closed. Please see the PDF links attached below for all ...

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