Academy of Architecture for Health

 View Only

Community HTML

AAH Banner Story

Quick Links

Who we are

The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the health care architectural profession.

View the AAH organization chart and strategy documents >

COVID-19 resources for health care design

You can contribute information to the AIA COVID-19 project database, and view all submitted projects. Visit the Alternative Care Sites preparedness site to learn important areas to evaluate when selecting ACSs for the care and treatment of COVID-19 or surge capacity patients.

Explore additional resources for health care facilities >

Join us on 5/11 on Healthcare Essentials: Driving Diagnostic and Therapeutic Decisions: The Modern Clinical Laboratory

  • 1.  Join us on 5/11 on Healthcare Essentials: Driving Diagnostic and Therapeutic Decisions: The Modern Clinical Laboratory

    Posted 04-29-2021 09:24 AM

    Earn 1 AIA HSW LU | Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 2-3 pm ET


    When most architects think of hospital design, they envision bed towers, emergency departments and operating rooms. But at the heart of nearly every diagnosis and treatment is the modern clinical lab. These hospital laboratories house hundreds, and often thousands, of specialty equipment items, numerous chemicals, biowaste and highly trained professionals with diverse needs. Strict control of temperature and humidity are necessary for accurate testing results. Proper room pressurization and high ventilation rates are important for personnel safety and comfort. Secure sample handling and containment of pathogens is paramount. This AIA Academy of Health session covers crucial early design decisions, such right sizing the program, adjacencies and paths for specimen, personnel, supply and waste flow, and how these topics can make or break the lab's turnaround time (TAT), quality of patient care and overall profitability of the laboratory. Participants will also learn about clinical lab drivers and gain understanding of the science behind the design. Example projects will be provided to inform participants about the types of clinical labs, trends and design solutions.


    After participating in this webinar attendees will:

    • Identify key drivers that shape the modern clinical lab.
    • Understand how adjacencies, samples, personnel, supply, and waste patterns drive the success of the clinical lab and protect the health and safety of patients and healthcare workers.
    • Grow in the knowledge of clinical lab trends and new design standards to help with critical care such as secure sample handling and containment of pathogens.
    • Understand the science behind the diagnosis process to better understand the unique and complex requirements of the clinical lab and technicians.


    Amy Tongay, AIA, NCARB
    HERA laboratory planners

    Matt Willmus, NCARB
    HERA laboratory planners

    Wesley Candelaria MPH, M(ASCP)CM
    Valleywise Health


    Yvonne Nagy, AIA

    Adriana Garcia
    Manager, Equipment Planning
    McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
    2023 RUDC Symposium