The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards. The eight winning projects demonstrate the best of healthcare design and design-oriented research, as well as conceptual strengths that address aesthetic, civic, urban, social, and functional concerns.
The recipients, chosen across for project categories, include:
Category A: Built, less than $25 million in construction cost
Legacy ER – Allen
Firm: 5G Studio Collaborative
A sharply folded zinc façade complements softly sculpted interior plastered planes, resulting in a design that captures the building’s duality as an urgent care center and emergency room.
© Michael Moran/OTTO
Lightwell: Greater Boston Orthodontics
Firm: Merge Architects
A 100-year-old storefront and warehouse transformed into an open-plan orthodontic clinic, highlighted by an 18-foot-tall backlit translucent wall curving down to frame and illuminate the double-height treatment area.
John Horner Photography
Category B: Built, more than $25 million in construction cost
Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
This 100,000-square-foot building derives its radial form from a curvilinear courtyard healing garden. An open environment between interior and exterior keeps the focus on regeneration and reconnection to living systems.
Mount Sinai Hess Center for Science and Medicine
New York City
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The primary design objective was to create a flexible environment that would be inspiring and supportive for employees while gracious and dignified for patients and their families.
© Eduard Huebrer/Archphoto
Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower
Capped by a butterfly-shaped bed tower designed to minimize steps between staff and patients, this 840,000-square-foot hospital is one of the largest to attain LEED Gold certification.
© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
Category C: Unbuilt, must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build
Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion (CHoRP)
Firm: HKS, Inc.
Natural elements that are unique to the City of Richmond influence the design of this vertical urban pavilion, further enhanced by themes of sky, water, and forest.
Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt
Cincinnati Children's Family Pet Center
Firm: GBBN Architects
A 250-square-foot pavilion and lawn areas take Animal Assisted Therapy to the next level by reuniting young patients with their pets.
GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center (CTC)
Firm: MASS Design Group
Promoting a dignified patient experience, the facility employs parametric modeling to optimize apertures for daylighting, ventilation, and privacy. The design also tackles unique site conditions.