AIA Announces National Healthcare Design Award Winners

 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
Allen, Texas
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
Waltham, Massachusetts
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
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Firm: Ballinger

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.

Peter Aaron/Esto

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
Firm: Perkins+Will

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)
Richmond, Virginia
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
Cincinnati, Ohio
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)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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.