Healthcare Design Strategies
Specializing in Hospital Design
Healthcare design encompasses projects for hospitals, medical offices, clinics, dental offices, facilities for the aging, and rehabilitation facilities. Healthcare architecture and interior design is an area in which many architects and designers choose to specialize, since programmatic requirements for these types of facilities are often very complex. Finishes and equipment for healthcare projects are highly specialized. Products must meet stringent requirements to prevent the spread of disease while allowing for ease of maintenance for a facility’s staff.
Contract devotes an issue each year to healthcare design, featuring projects and products related to this typology. We also feature a regular column by designers at Perkins+Will who specialize in healthcare facility design. Other experts in the industry frequently contribute articles that are featured in our magazine and on this website. We publish stories that highlight trends in healthcare interior design, including the influence of the hospitality industry, which is leading many clients and designers to incorporate more soothing, spa-like spaces into interiors instead of the purely clinical healthcare environments of the past.
Each year, Contract recognizes the best healthcare projects through the Healthcare Environment Awards. Projects that feature innovative design solutions that enhance the delivery of healthcare are recognized, and the awards are presented at the annual HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference in several categories, including acute care facilities, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care/assisted living facilities, health and fitness wellness facilities, landscape design, conceptual design, and student design work. The annual Interiors Awards also includes a category that recognizes excellence in healthcare interior design. The Nightingale Awards recognize standout products for healthcare interiors.