Webinar Resources

AAH webinars started in an era where knowledge on the web was nowhere as ubiquitous and easily accessed as today. Today we want to meet unfulfilled needs of our professional specialty. If your practice has a strong focus on healthcare you could probably benefit from an advanced knowledge resource (Masters Studio) to jump-start interest in a deeper dive into topics like:

  • Use of lean and process modeling
  • Evidence-based design
  • Healthcare practice futures
  • Code and design guideline development
  • Case studies of award-winning designs

If you have a millennial-heavy design staff you might also welcome a series on healthcare design fundamentals (HC 101) that include:

  • Patient Safety Fundamentals – Life (Fire) and Environmental (HAI) Safety
  • Space programming
  • Medical Equipment Integration including Imaging/Surgical hybrids
  • Evidence-based design
  • Use of national codes and guidelines

Want to catch up on past 2016 and current 2017 webinars you may have missed? Now you can! Watch our webinar recordings now available on Vimeo. From introductory (HC 101) to intermediate (Master Studio) and case study sessions, there's something for everyone.

Earn up to 1 AIA LU/HSW credit when viewing the live webinars only.

The Highly Reliable Hospital: Creating a Facility for a HRO
This session will illustrate how the team of SmithGroupJJR/AVRP & Hensel Phelps, working with Sharp’s leadership, created the new Ocean View Tower, a 170,000-sf, 138-bed Hospital addition, to go beyond just “good practice” to “hard-wire the environment” for zero harm to patients, visitors, and staff.  The panel of Owner, Architect and Contractor will describe planning, designing, and constructing from each of their perspectives. “Architecture meets Operation” and “Separate is Safe” during construction became the project mantras. From small room details to large concepts of building circulation routes through to construction practices, the project demonstrates heightened attention to promote HRO. To be presented on August 8, 2017, 23 PM EST. Learn more and register.

Architecture for Health, Perspectives Beyond Architecture for Healthcare
There is far more to good health than good healthcare. Consider opportunities to facilitate healthy community development. Joanna Lombard will share recent research into how the built environment shapes the population’s wellness, public health and economic development. As in a study of Hispanic elders in Little Havana found that those who lived on streets with houses that had balconies, porches, and stoops functioned better both mentally and physically than elders who did not reside on streets with such features. The session will bear out that now we understand, in a way that we didn’t before, how the built environment impacts our health and examples of leadership opportunities for healthcare facilities. To be presented on July 18, 2017, 23 PM EST. Learn more and register.

Building Enclosure FundamentalsAir Barriers for Health Care Facilities
This presentation was a primer on building science as it relates to the exterior enclosure with particular emphasis on the air barrier. Air barriers play an important role in controlling air flow, preventing moisture infiltration, reducing condensation potential, and maintaining better interior air quality. These factors are important to the health and energy efficiency of any building but are especially important to health care facilities due to their low tolerance for risks associated with moisture and associated organic growth (mold). The presentation covered information regarding performance and types of air barriers as well as their interaction with thermal, moisture, and vapor retarding layers within the exterior wall assembly. Real world examples were provided to further convey information and understanding of the learned concepts. Presented on May 9, 2017, 23 PM EST. PDF handout.

Lean Inpatient Unit Design Strategies: New Research on Best Design for Effective Nursing
Architects have seemingly tried everything to create the ideal inpatient care unit, but which ones work best to increase nurses' direct patient care time? This session presented findings from a recent national-scope study of 20 different inpatient units with various typologies (racetracks, T's, L's, triangles, etc.). The study includes judgments of over 150 nurses who work in these units, correlated with their units’ design features. The findings show which support spaces are most critical to decentralize and to what degree, and which locations are optimum for medical record workstations. The research, supported by an Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation research grant, was performed by an integrated team of architects, nurse advisors and PhD. Presented on April 11, 2017, 23 PM EST. PDF handout.

Dublin Methodist Hospital: Culture Driven DesignSeven Years Later
Dublin Methodist Hospital was designed to “change the way health care is delivered in central Ohio.” It was also considered the most evidence-based designed hospital in the United States at the time it opened in 2008. Seven years later, many of the goals were achieved, and Dublin Methodist has become one of the most successful hospitals of its kind in central Ohio and beyond. However, there were several unexpected consequences that remind us “culture eats design for lunch.” Come see and hear some of the design innovations that worked, and some that didn’t. Presented on March 21, 2017, 23 PM EST. PDF handout.

Healthcare 101- Patient Safety Fundamentals for Healthcare Architects - Part 2
Regarding hospital patient safety, there are two areas of primary concern: 1) Life safety - assuring that occupants are protected from smoke as well as fire; 2) Environmental Safety – assuring that occupants are not exposed to materials or organisms posing a threat to life or health. This session addressed Environmental Safety. In the session, we discussed the role of the built environment in preventing HAIs and the design professionals’ role in the ICRA process. We examined infection control design considerations for standard Medical/Surgical patient rooms, Protective Environments, Airborne Infection Isolation rooms, and Surgeries. Presented on February 14, 2017, 23 PM EST. PDF handout.

Design Award Series - Case Study: UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Cancer Center
This award winning project will be presented by the design architect Michael Folonis. He will share planning concepts, methods for achieving healing environments and patient experience-enhancing features which all made this project a design award recipient. Presented on December 13, 2016, 2:00-3:00PM EST. PDF Handout

Masters Studio Series- Research to Practice: Lighting for Improved Environment of Care
This session challenges our industry to design lighting for an improved environment of care. The presenters showcased leading research in lighting and health, reviewed the soon-to-be-published Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Recommended Practice in Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities, RP-29, and outlined a bridge to incorporating research, technology, and standards to improve the patient experience from the owner’s perspective. Presented on October 11, 2016, 2:00-3:00PM EST. PDF Handout

Masters Studio Series- Increasing Your HCAHPS Scores Through Design
With the shift from volume-based to value-based healthcare, hospitals are finding that their revenue is impacted by the way patients score their experience at the hospital. Design of the environment can not only enhance the patient experience; it can have a discernable effect on the institution’s bottom line. Presented September 13, 2016, 2:00-3:00PM EST. PDF Handout

Healthcare 101- Patient Safety Fundamentals for Healthcare Architects
This session addressed Life safety for hospital patients. We discussed the relationship between the Life Safety Code, Authorities Having Jurisdiction, and CMS, briefly touching on the history of hospital construction regulation through the recent adoption of NFPA 101 by CMS. The defend-in-place approach used in hospitals will be clarified through a demonstration of problems encountered in patient evacuation. Lastly, we examined differentiating elements of fire and smoke barrier assemblies and review how to use rated assembly catalogs and engineering judgments in hospital facility design. Presented August 9, 2016, 2:00-3:00PM EST. PDF Handout

Healthcare 101- FGI Primer
This is a primer on how to use the FGI Guidelines in the course of planning and design of healthcare facilities. We will quickly review the background of the "Guidelines" and its raison d'être. We will review the essential elements of the Guidelines, available formats and how to best go about retrieving information. We will cover definitions of Acute, Ambulatory and Residential Care as well as other terms commonly used throughout the Guidelines. In closing we will cover opportunities this year to participate in the next edition’s revision process. Presented July 29, 2015, 2:30-4:00PM EST.  PDF Handout

Medical Equipment 101- A Primer
This was a primer on Medical Equipment and Architecturally Significant Equipment. We focused on fun-damental programming steps leading to identifying needed equipment, issues with relocating of existing equipment, and essential dimensional and utility service considerations. We reviewed the essential elements of a manual of architecturally significant equipment and come to understand how it is used by the various involved parties. We covered definitions of typical technical specification terms and acronyms like OFOI, CFCI, Group I Medical Equipment or Architecturally Significant Equipment. Presented June 23, 2015, 12-1:30PM EST.  PDF Handout

Community Health and Healthcare Design
The webinar will address design issues of community health, healthcare design, and integration of community input from three perspectives: Macro Community Issues, Hospital Campus Considerations, and Community Engagement Strategies. Presented November 7, 2014, 1-2:30PM EST. PDF Handout

LEED Certified Hospitals: Perspectives on Capital Cost Premiums and Operational Benefits
The webinar will address the healthcare design field has seen a decided shift in the last several years as LEED® certification has be-come a standard for many healthcare organizations. Concurrently, the ongoing global recession has put an even greater emphasis on cost control and reducing what may be perceived as “unnecessary” capital costs. Presented October 14, 2014 1:30 -3:00PM EST. PDF Handout

Current and Future State of the Nurse Call Technology
The webinar will address design issues related to clinical staff communication and patient bedside control technology.  Nurse call devices are now EMR interfaces and lighting & temperature, window shade and TV controls. Tracking of patient wandering, child abduction protection, pharmaceutical dispensing all need to report to the nurse station. Done badly Nurse Call causes a lot of grief to everyone involved. This webinar provides designers with direction on how to get it right. Presented September 30, 2014 11:30-1:00PM EST. PDF Handout

Healthcare Essentials: Mental Health 101
This course was a primer on the current state of mental health design and provides participants with an introduction to current clinical, public policy, regulatory and social drivers impacting the design of mental health facilities and surveys current facility and design trends. Presented September 17, 2013.  PDF Handout

Healthcare Essentials: Hybrid OR – Integrated Planning
Hybrid OR’s are becoming standard issue at leading hospitals.  We will review a case where Integrated Technology Planning was applied to a Hybrid OR and see how this approach proved critical to the project’s successful delivery and its prospect for long-term viability. Presented May 7, 2013.  PDF Handout

Healthcare Essentials: Designing for the Next Sandy
Weather-event Sandy revealed a need to get better at preparing our hospitals to be fully operational during extreme weather.  Such events occur more frequently in the Caribbean, where proactive architects and engineers are incorporating hardening design features well in excess of local hospital code requirements.  This session shares lessons-learned from Tony Gibbs, FREng, an internationally recognized Caribbean-based expert. Presented February 19, 2013.  PDF Handout

Healthcare Essentials:  Joint Commission and Facility Design: A winning partnership for patient safety and quality care
This webinar will have a targeted discussion of the intersection of Joint Commission Standards, evidence-based design, and patient safety best practices, and how their interaction relates to the design and building of new hospitals in the U.S. and abroad. Presented January 8, 2013.  PDF Handout

What the Supreme Court’s Decision Means for Hospital Design and Construction
Thornton Kirby, J.D. gives participants an understanding of the changes in National politics and policy and their impact on hospitals and healthcare systems as it pertains to the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health members and their clients: what is in store for the designers and operators of hospitals? Presented November 15, 2012. PDF Handout

The Cure for the Common Code - Part 2: Key 2014 FGI Guidelines Issue Poll Results
Learn AIA member poll results on proposed changes that impact patient safety, healing environment, reduction in falls, and medication safety. Join in examining selected key issues in detail. Learn how to personally get involved in the Guidelines development process. The Guidelines public comment process (June 1 - Nov 25) will be thoroughly explained to also allow the audience to submit comments directly to FGI. Presented Tuesday, October 2. PDF Handout

The Cure for the Common Code (part one):  How the 2014 FGI Guidelines Will Affect You
Learn about proposed items addressing issues such as patient safety, healing environment, reduction in falls, and medication safety. These Guidelines changes directly impact the quality of the facility for the patient, staff and public. Presented Tuesday, September 11, 2012. PDF Handout

Healthcare Essentials: Emerging Trends and Issues in Mental Health Diagnostics, Treatment and Design

Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, FACHA OAA conducts an in-depth analysis of recent trends and current practices in Mental Health reimbursement, diagnostics and treatment – including key drivers of change in fundamental approach and their impact on design of inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.  You will learn how to better understand the complexities of reimbursement and their impact on facility planning including the IMD Exclusion (Institute for Medical Disease); how to better understand treatment modalities and impacts on design, and much more. Presented Monday, June 4, 2012. PDF Handout

101: Emergency Department
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamentals of Emergency Department planning and design.  It will provide a brief overview of the typologies of the ED and outline current design drivers.  Typical user needs and basic program requirements will be reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning.  Selected projects will illustrate principles of ED design and how different models of care can shape designs. A deep-dive case study will outline one project's approach to an ED renovation. Presented January 4, 2011. PDF Handout

201: Emergency Department Planning for Event Scenarios and Disasters
This presentation reviews basic planning and design of emergency facilities and focuses on concepts and issues related to the management of special risk scenarios which create unique demands on emergency services – pandemic epidemic, other natural disasters and manmade events.  Findings from the Office of Homeland Security ER One study and recent applications of these processes and recommendations at Tampa General and other sites are covered. Presented February 1, 2011. PPT

201: D&T Imaging
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamentals of Imaging Departments planning and design. It provides a brief overview of the history and evolution of radiology and outline current design drivers. Typical user needs and basic program requirements will be reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning. Selected projects will illustrate principles of imaging design and the modalities that compose this department. Presented March 8, 2011. PPT

101: D&T Surgery
This webinar gives participants an understanding of design considerations for the contemporary operating room enviornment and trends in medical equipment, information technology and sustainability.  It will also sheds light on the ambulatory versus standard hosptial experience, and then jump half way around the world to see how our friends in China are addressing the same issues.  Presented May 19, 2011.  PPT

201:  The Implications of Healthcare Reform – One State’s Perspective
This webinar gives participants an understanding of health care reform and its implications for hospitals. Specifically, the webinar will focus on the need for hospitals to adopt best practices in all areas of operations, including facility design and construction. 
Presented June 14, 2011.  PPT

201: The Evidence for Evidence-Based Design
Evidence-based design has been a growing trend in institutional design, particularly with regard to healthcare environments. Considerable debate has taken place regarding the role this fledgling science can play in the creation of the built environment. This webinar serves as a primer for designers seeking to understand the meaning and implications of evidence-based design as well as provide advanced techniques for the understanding and use of design research. Presented September 2, 2011. PDF Handout

201: The Fundraising Package:  Helping Clients Fund Projects
In the current economy, healthcare clients are looking for ways to fund renovation and new construction projects – which naturally architects will design!  With aging populations, new patients, new medical technology, new government mandates, and aging facilities and equipment, many hospitals and health systems are looking for innovative ways to define, develop, design and construct projects in this challenging financial climate. Presented November 17, 2011. PDF Handout

Surgery Department Design Roundtable
This program, the AIA AAH Advanced Healthcare Roundtable, covers the topic of Surgery Department Design – the Layout Relative to Infection Control Goals. Viewers learn about the identification of potential infection control issues; design solutions for infection control; infection control risk assessment; and the responsibilities of the parties involved in the construction of the project in relation to infection control. Presented January 28, 2011. 

101: Master Planning
This webinar takes a deep look into what is involved in a Master Plan, from gathering facility and operational assessment through the development of organizational concepts on a given site. The presentation also demonstrates basic flows and adjacencies that guide the process and planning. We present some key limitation aspects that must be considered and discuss how we must look into the future when master planning facilities. Presented May 4, 2010. PDF Handout

101: Hospital Architecture: Building as City
This webinar introduces participants to fundamental issues in the planning and design of hospitals and medical centers including industry drivers for design, key planning and design considerations, basic hospital planning strategies and terms. It outlines and builds parallels between sound urban design principles and hospital planning and design. It also covers basic hospital building form types and organizational concepts. Presented June 1, 2010. PDF Handout

101: Successful Programming
This webinar introduces participants to fundamental drivers in the planning of hospitals and medical facilities. It articulates the context for successful programming, including critical upstream and downstream factors, industry trends and pitfalls to avoid. Key components include translating strategy into square footage, the impact of operations on space, and client sensitivities and customization. Information focuses on successfully meeting and exceeding client expectations, working within project budgets, and enabling long-term facility flexibility. Presented July 6, 2010. PDF Handout

201: Sustainability in the Healthcare Sector
This presentation takes a deep dive into sustainability in the healthcare sector. We examine the latest tools used by design professionals to track sustainability metrics in new construction and major renovations. The presentation covers the LEED 2009 rating system, Green Guide for Healthcare, Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and the future of LEED for Healthcare. We pinpoint some key challenges associated with sustainability, and focus on opportunities that will integrate sustainable elements into healthcare facilities. Our discussion also looks at future trends, market shifts, and perspectives from healthcare administrators and construction managers. The presentation concludes with some case studies ranging from acute care facilities to medical office buildings. Presented September 7, 2010. PDF Handout

101: Medical-Surgical Patient Unit Design
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamental drivers in the planning of Medical/Surgical Patient Unit Design. It articulates the context for successful patient unit design, including a brief historical context, establishment of critical success factors, industry trends, critical adjacencies and operational strategies. Key components include the impact of operations on space planning, client sensitivities and the impact of clinical models on unit configuration. Information focuses on successfully meeting and exceeding client expectations, working with defined client/facility user groups, and enabling long-term patient unit flexibility. Presented October 5, 2010. PDF Handout

101: Patient Care – Intensive Care Unit
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamentals of Intensive Care Unit planning and design. It provides a brief overview of the history and evolution of the ICU and outline current design drivers. Typical user needs and basic program requirements are reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning. Selected projects illustrate principles of ICU design and how different models of care can shape designs. A deep-dive case study outlines one project's approach to an ICU renovation. Presented November 2, 2010. PDF Handout

201: Patient Unit – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
This webinar introduces the fundamentals of Neonatal Intensive Care Units, as well as Pediatric Intensive Care Units and their planning and design.  It provides a brief overview of the history and evolution of the NICU and PICU and outline current design drivers. Typical user needs and basic program requirements are reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning. Selected projects illustrate principles of NICU and PICU design and how different models of care can shape designs.
Presented December 6, 2010. PDF Handout

101: Overview of Clinical and Logistical Support Services
This presentation covered the critical functions, relationships and design of the following clinical support and logistical departments in hospitals: Clinical Laboratory & Pathology, Pharmacy, Materials Management, Environmental Services & Linen, Food Service, Facilities Management, Safety & Security. Presented May 5, 2009.

101: Master Planning
H. Scot Latimer, FAIA, ACHA and Peter L. Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA examine the importance, basic steps, and typical deliverables of master planning for hospitals and healthcare systems. Presented on September 11, 2009.

101: Mental Health
Presented by Francis Murdock Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA, the Web seminar will cover:
Clinical and Social Trends Impacting The Treatment Environment; Types of Programs You Might Encounter and Their Impacts on Design; Significant Variables Impacting Facility Size, Contemporary Options in Room, Sub-Unit, Inpatient Unit, and Whole Hospital Design; Trends in Patient Safety and Security and Available Resources; How to Balance Proximity to Programs and Proximity to Ground. Presented on September 29, 2009.

101: Medical Imaging
This program will help attendees gain an understanding of the complexity of planning a medical imaging facility, taking into account the needs of patients, staff, faculty and the imaging equipment itself; understand how to organize and manage the planning of such an architectural project; understand current imaging techniques, image management systems, and trends and developments in imaging technology and how all these will affect design and planning. Presented on February 19, 2008. PDF Handout

101: Maternal Care
Maternal Care examines the basic elements and the nuances of planning a hospital maternity (birth) facility.
Presented on April 8, 2008.
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101: Programming
In this installment, James G. Easter, Jr., FAAMA, Principal and Director Planning and Programming for HFR Design and Gary Vance, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Senior Director of Facility Planning for BSA LifeStructures, provide a complete overview of programming as it relates to healthcare design. Presented June 17, 2008. PDF Handout

101: Acute Care
This webinar will give the beginning medical planner a basic understanding of key elements in the design of acute care patient units and rooms: types of patient units and rooms and their criteria for design; key operational factors in patient unit and room design; how important issues such as visibility, privacy and family involvement shape design. Plus, project examples with innovative design approaches. Presented on September 3, 2008.

101: Intensive Care
This webinar will give the beginning medical planner a basic understanding of key elements in the design of intensive care patient units and rooms: defining intensive care, key operational factors in patient unit and room design, physical requirements like adjacency to other departments, design of ancillary spaces, model of care and impacts on design and project examples with innovative design approaches. Presented on September 17, 2008.

101: Surgery Part I - Planning the Surgical Department
The first session of the two part webinar will examine the basic flow and planning of the surgical department. The presenters will identify the programmatic components necessary for a well-designed surgical department as well as other hospital departments which support the surgical process. As with the other departments of the hospital, surgical regulations and codes affect the design layout and flow. These regulations and codes will be reviewed as they apply to patients (both inpatients and outpatients), staff and materials. Presented on December 9, 2008.

101: Surgery Part II - Designing Operating and Procedure Rooms
The second session of the two part webinar will go more in depth behind the sterile line and focus on the operating and procedure rooms. The presenters will review the design and code requirements of these rooms and some of the equipment that is required. Similar to the surgical department itself, the flow of the patients, staff and materials within these operating and procedure rooms, affect the design layout. Because of the variety of specialized procedures and equipment, some of the surgical rooms will vary in layout, size and equipment needs. Examples of these differences will be reviewed. Presented on December 16, 2008.