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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 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
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.
Submissions are now closed! Award recipients to be announced later this year.

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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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Latest Blogs

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    (1) Do Not Let Complexities of the Building Become Complexities of the Patient. Healthcare Architecture can be considered one of the most complex, as it must accommodate the most advanced medical ... more

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    Apply today for our scholarships and fellowships! Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 (U40) Accepting applications until April 3, 2017 Recognize and celebrate individuals under 40 years ... more


  • Herman Miller Healthcare Scholarship

    Herman Miller Healthcare will sponsor up to eight emerging professionals seeking licensure to attend the 2017 HealthcareDesign Expo and Conference. This program is part of Herman Miller's continuing commitment to excellence in healthcare architecture and support of young architects.

  • 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.

  • Academy Journal Call for Papers

    You are invited to submit articles, innovative project case studies, completed research projects, and monographs in the field of healthcare design. In addition to the architectural profession, all other disciplines involved in healthcare are encouraged to submit (doctors, nurses, administrators, etc).

    Articles should be timely; preview new trends; and address industry wide topics, issues of relevance, and emerging technology in the healthcare system.

    Submissions due May 31, 2017

Latest Discussions

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Latest Resources

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on July 18, 2017 from 2–3pm ...

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on June 13, 2017 from 2–3pm ...

  • The Academy of Architecture for Health proudly announces the publication of its first year of the Case ...