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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

  • Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Health

    Committee Members: Sara Shumbera, Assoc. AIA ; Akshay Sangolli, AIA and Larry Staples, AIA Congratulations to the new AAH Chair for this committee, Steve Langston! By the time you read ... more

  • Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Health

    FGI Guidelines Changes to the 2018 FGI guidelines are undergoing a final review. Stay connected to the FGI website for further updates. NFPA AAH and ASHE are encouraging members with ... more


  • Scholarships now open!

    Apply for a few of our scholarships: Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 (U40), GMZ Fellowship, Tuttle Fellowship and SLS Next Generation Scholarship. All require application materials in April, so don't miss out on these great opportunities!

  • 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

  • Whomever it may concern, I spent forty years in health care working for the very best health care architectural firms and health care development corporations in this country. The architectural ...

Latest Resources

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

  • This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on May 9, 2017 from 2–3pm ET. ...

  • The Griffin/McKahan/Zilm (GMZ) Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design has been established ...

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.