Sign In, Renew, Sign Up

Search AIA

Search AIA Go

Practicing ArchitectureKnowledge Communities

Page Tools

Reed Insight and Community


Graduate Programs in Healthcare

Below are links to architecture schools that offer postgraduate programs in healthcare. Contact the school to learn details about deadlines and other requirements.

Clemson University offers two programs—a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Architecture + Health, and a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning with an emphasis in health and the built environment.

The Texas A&M University Department of Architecture offers three graduate degrees: an Master of Architecture (first professional degree), an Master of Science in Architecture (non-professional, research degree), and a PhD in Architecture (research degree). Students also can obtain a Certificate in Health Systems in Design during the course of their studies by completing specific course requirements. Information on the degrees, the certificate, and the TAMU Center for Health Systems & Design can be found on the web site.

The interdisciplinary Health-Care Facilities (HCaF) Design graduate certificate in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University (TTU) offers specialty courses to graduate students and design professionals in health-care design with special emphasis on evidence-based architecture. The program is set up as a partnership between ‘experts’ in the design profession, Rawls College of Business (TTU), and Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Successful completion of the certificate will position graduates to be employed in the health facilities design sector of the architecture industry, and to play a leading role in evidence-based design.

See for more information.

University of Kansas (KU) graduate architecture programs offer advanced design inquiry in the area of health and wellness within its professional degree program (Master of Architecture) as well as in Master of Arts in Architecture and PhD in Architecture programs. These programs seek to prepare students to become leaders in designing healthier and more sustainable environments and to do so from a robust knowledge base. Leaders in national firms advise and participate in the program, and many have created scholarships focused on this area of inquiry. KU's health-oriented architecture program is the only such program located at a university with its own medical school.

Two-year graduate assistantships are available for students pursuing a PhD. The supporting faculty include Kent Spreckelmeyer, DArch, FAIA (hospital space planning, healthy workplaces, simulation, and post-occupancy evaluation research); Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, AIA (elder care, dementia, healing gardens, strategic planning); Mahbub Rashid, PhD (hospital design, simulation, and behavioral research); Frank Zilm, DArch, FAIA (hospital design, programming); and Bill Carswell, MUP (healthy neighborhoods and alternative housing).

For more information, visit the KU Graduate Degrees in Architecture Web page.

The University of Illinois-Chicago offers a Master of Science in Architecture in Health Design (MSAHD) program. The program is a four-semester sequence centered on the design studio experience, each studio exploring a different aspect and scale of health design. The program is designed for working students with courses offered in the evenings and weekends. A more formal description and application materials may be found at:

A Graduate Program in Healthcare Design in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln raises the design standards for future healthcare environments by linking professional practice with an interdisciplinary healthcare studio. This joint architecture/interior design program was created with research-informed design at its core, with students engaged in collaborative models of group work/research, field trips and juried presentations similar to the vertical integration of a professional design firm. The Graduate Program in Healthcare Design is for students interested in exploring how the design of the built environment centers on the satisfaction of the user’s physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs and the protection of their health, safety and well-being.

For information visit:


Footer Navigation

Copyright & Privacy

  • © The American Institute of Architects
  • Privacy