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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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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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Latest Blogs

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    I am honored to serve as your President for 2018. Many thanks to the work accomplished by our board and past presidents Joan Suchomel and Tom Clark. In just two short years Joan led us through an intensive ... more

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    Welcome to 2018 and this first edition of the Academy Update Newsletter! While the bears may have been hibernating this winter, the Communications Committee has been hard at work planning for this year’s ... 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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  • Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 List (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 and will receive a travel stipend to attend the Summer Leadership Summit in Chicago this July. Submit a nomination by April 2.
  • Next Generation Scholarship

    AIA/AAH and ACHA will sponsor up to two emerging professionals seeking licensure to attend the 2018 Summer Leadership Summit (SLS) in Chicago this July. This scholarship program is part of our continuing commitment to excellence in healthcare architecture and support of young architects. Submit an application by April 9.
  • Call for papers: Academy Journal

    You're invited to submit articles, innovative project case studies, and completed research projects in the field of healthcare design. All disciplines 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. The submission deadline is May 31.

    We're also looking for someone to join the editorial review committee! If interested, email your resume to aah@aia.org.
  • 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.

Latest Discussions

  • Dear members, The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is now accepting nominations for our Board membership.  Candidates for Board membership will have demonstrated a commitment to the AAH ...

Latest Resources

  • An Ergonomic Evaluation of Preoperative and Postoperative Workspaces in Ambulatory Surgery Centers by ...