AAH Live Course: Driving Diagnostic and Therapeutic Decisions: The Modern Clinical Laboratory

When:  May 11, 2021 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)

Driving Diagnostic and Therapeutic Decisions: The Modern Clinical Laboratory

This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and provides 1 HSW|LU credit.


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.



This session is part of the Healthcare Essential Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60-minute seminar provide millennial members starting out in healthcare-centric practices exposure to healthcare design fundamentals and a refresher course for experienced healthcare architects and planners.


Amy Tongay, AIA, NCARB
HERA laboratory planners

Amy Tongay is a senior laboratory architect, with over twenty years of experience, and a Principal at HERA laboratory planners. She is an industry leader in design of high throughput testing laboratories for hospital systems around the nation; Amy’s project involvement from master planning through construction administration provides clients a seamless project delivery. Her recent industry presentations include Ready for Robots at the 2019 AIA National Conference, and Sustainable Lab Design…So Much More Than a Great HVAC System at 2019 I2SL National.

Matt Willmus, NCARB
HERA laboratory planners

Matt Willmus, of HERA laboratory planners, is a licensed architect who specializes in laboratory planning for clinical, academic and research clients around the country. He has an acute understanding of the automation, equipment and drivers that shape the modern clinical labs.  His ability to program, plan and provide project visualization for his clients, ensures the completed facility matches the client’s needs. In addition to his architectural training, Matt has construction and engineering background that positively shapes his project outcomes.

Wesley Candelaria MPH, M(ASCP)CM
Valleywise Health

Wesley Candelaria is the Director of Laboratory Services at Valleywise Health in Phoenix, Arizona. He has 17 years of clinical laboratory experience and currently directs 140+ lab employees across 3 clinical laboratories and 12 phlebotomy access clinics.  Wesley is board certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, is an inspector for the College of American Pathologists, and educates clinical lab students as a Faculty Associate for the Medical Laboratory Science program at Arizona State University.


Yvonne Nagy, AIA

Yvonne Nagy, Principal and Regional Leader of Healthcare has close to 20 years of experience working for large academic medical centers and regional healthcare systems.  With experience in all phases of project delivery, Yvonne specializes in project management, specifically focusing on how collaborative project team dynamics yield greater value for both clients and their delivery teams.