Healthcare Essentials (formerly HC 101/201) is a series of monthly, web-based seminars sponsored by the by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. Each month, nationally recognized experts will conduct a 90-minute web seminar tailored to healthcare professionals.
Healthcare Essentials is aimed at architects who are interested in specific presentations that will enhance their current project work. In addition, the series will bring presentations by national experts focused on the client/architect relationship and the knowledge that an astute healthcare architect should be able to discuss with a client, consultant, or colleague on topics directly related to the healthcare profession at large, including but not limited to design, policy, local and global communities, and the remunerative “value impact” that healthcare architects can impart above and beyond “just drawing buildings.”
The Academy has an exciting array of content and speakers planned for 2014. Stay tuned for updates. For archived content select the appropriate year below.
2014 Healthcare Essentials Calendar of Events
Stay Tuned for the 2014 Calendar
2013 Archived Webinars
Continuing education credit is only available when viewing live webinars.
Healthcare Essentials: Mental Health 101
This course was a primer on the current state of mental health design and provides participants with an introduction to current clinical, public policy, regulatory and social drivers impacting the design of mental health facilities and surveys current facility and design trends. Presented September 17, 2013 PDF Handout and Youtube
Healthcare Essentials: Hybrid OR – Integrated Planning
Hybrid OR’s are becoming standard issue at leading hospitals. We will review a case where Integrated Technology Planning was applied to a Hybrid OR and see how this approach proved critical to the project’s successful delivery and its prospect for long-term viability.
Presented May 7, 2013. PDF Handout and Youtube
Healthcare Essentials: Designing for the Next Sandy
Weather-event Sandy revealed a need to get better at preparing our hospitals to be fully operational during extreme weather. Such events occur more frequently in the Caribbean, where proactive architects and engineers are incorporating hardening design features well in excess of local hospital code requirements. This session shares lessons-learned from Tony Gibbs, FREng, an internationally recognized Caribbean-based expert.
Presented February 19, 2013. PDF Handout and Youtube
Healthcare Essentials: Joint Commission and Facility Design: A winning partnership for patient safety and quality care
This webinar will have a targeted discussion of the intersection of Joint Commission Standards, evidence-based design, and patient safety best practices, and how their interaction relates to the design and building of new hospitals in the U.S. and abroad.
Presented January 8, 2013. PDF Handout | Youtube
2012 Archived Webinar Series
Continuing education credit is not available for recorded webinars.
What the Supreme Court’s Decision Means for Hospital Design and Construction
Thornton Kirby, J.D. gives participants an understanding of the changes in National politics and policy and their impact on hospitals and healthcare systems as it pertains to the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health members and their clients: what is in store for the designers and operators of hospitals?
Presented November 15, 2012. PDF Handout | Youtube
The Cure for the Common Code - Part 2: Key 2014 FGI Guidelines Issue Poll Results
Learn AIA member poll results on proposed changes that impact patient safety, healing environment, reduction in falls, and medication safety. Join in examining selected key issues in detail. Learn how to personally get involved in the Guidelines development process. The Guidelines public comment process (June 1 - Nov 25) will be thoroughly explained to also allow the audience to submit comments directly to FGI.
Presented Tuesday, October 2. PDF Handout and Youtube
The Cure for the Common Code (part one): How the 2014 FGI Guidelines Will Affect You
Learn about proposed items addressing issues such as patient safety, healing environment, reduction in falls, and medication safety. These Guidelines changes directly impact the quality of the facility for the patient, staff and public. Presented Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Handout, Vote Talley & Youtube Video
Healthcare Essentials: Emerging Trends and Issues in Mental Health Diagnostics, Treatment and Design
Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, FACHA OAA conducts an in-depth analysis of recent trends and current practices in Mental Health reimbursement, diagnostics and treatment – including key drivers of change in fundamental approach and their impact on design of inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. You will learn how to better understand the complexities of reimbursement and their impact on facility planning including the IMD Exclusion (Institute for Medical Disease); how to better undertand treatment modalities and impacts on design, and much more. Presented Monday, June 4, 2012. PDF Handout | Youtube
2011 Archived Webinar Series
101: Emergency Department
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamentals of Emergency Department planning and design. It will provide a brief overview of the typologies of the ED and outline current design drivers. Typical user needs and basic program requirements will be reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning. Selected projects will illustrate principles of ED design and how different models of care can shape designs. A deep-dive case study will outline one project's approach to an ED renovation.
Presented January 4, 2011. PDF | Youtube
201: Emergency Department Planning for Event Scenarios and Disasters
This presentation reviews basic planning and design of emergency facilities and focuses on concepts and issues related to the management of special risk scenarios which create unique demands on emergency services – pandemic epidemic, other natural disasters and manmade events. Findings from the Office of Homeland Security ER One study and recent applications of these processes and recommendations at Tampa General and other sites are covered.
Presented February 1, 2011. PPT | Youtube
201: D&T Imaging
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamentals of Imaging Departments planning and design. It provides a brief overview of the history and evolution of radiology and outline current design drivers. Typical user needs and basic program requirements will be reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning. Selected projects will illustrate principles of imaging design and the modalities that compose this department.
Presented March 8, 2011. PPT | Youtube
101: D&T Surgery
This webinar gives participants an understanding of design considerations for the contemporary operating room enviornment and trends in medical equipment, information technology and sustainability. It will also sheds light on the ambulatory versus standard hosptial experience, and then jump half way around the world to see how our friends in China are addressing the same issues. Presented May 19, 2011. PPT | Youtube
201: The Implications of Healthcare Reform – One State’s Perspective
This webinar gives participants an understanding of health care reform and its implications for hospitals. Specifically, the webinar will focus on the need for hospitals to adopt best practices in all areas of operations, including facility design and construction.
Presented June 14, 2011. PPT | Youtube
201: The Evidence for Evidence-Based Design
Evidence-based design has been a growing trend in institutional design, particularly with regard to healthcare environments. Considerable debate has taken place regarding the role this fledgling science can play in the creation of the built environment. This webinar serves as a primer for designers seeking to understand the meaning and implications of evidence-based design as well as provide advanced techniques for the understanding and use of design research. Presented September 2, 2011. PDF | Youtube
201: The Fundraising Package: Helping Clients Fund Projects
In the current economy, healthcare clients are looking for ways to fund renovation and new construction projects – which naturally architects will design! With aging populations, new patients, new medical technology, new government mandates, and aging facilities and equipment, many hospitals and health systems are looking for innovative ways to define, develop, design and construct projects in this challenging financial climate.
Presented November 17, 2011. PDF | Youtube
Surgery Department Design Roundtable
This program, the AIA AAH Advanced Healthcare Roundtable, covers the topic of Surgery Department Design – the Layout Relative to Infection Control Goals. Viewers learn about the identification of potential infection control issues; design solutions for infection control; infection control risk assessment; and the responsibilities of the parties involved in the construction of the project in relation to infection control.
Presented January 28, 2011. Youtube
2010 Archived Webinar Series
101: Master Planning
This webinar takes a deep look into what is involved in a Master Plan, from gathering facility and operational assessment through the development of organizational concepts on a given site. The presentation also demonstrates basic flows and adjacencies that guide the process and planning. We present some key limitation aspects that must be considered and discuss how we must look into the future when master planning facilities.
Presented May 4, 2010. PPT | Youtube
101: Hospital Architecture: Building as City
This webinar introduces participants to fundamental issues in the planning and design of hospitals and medical centers including industry drivers for design, key planning and design considerations, basic hospital planning strategies and terms. It outlines and builds parallels between sound urban design principles and hospital planning and design. It also covers basic hospital building form types and organizational concepts.
Presented June 1, 2010. PPT | Youtube
101: Successful Programming
This webinar introduces participants to fundamental drivers in the planning of hospitals and medical facilities. It articulates the context for successful programming, including critical upstream and downstream factors, industry trends and pitfalls to avoid. Key components include translating strategy into square footage, the impact of operations on space, and client sensitivities and customization. Information focuses on successfully meeting and exceeding client expectations, working within project budgets, and enabling long-term facility flexibility.
Presented July 6, 2010. PPT | Youtube
201: Sustainability in the Healthcare Sector
This presentation takes a deep dive into sustainability in the healthcare sector. We examine the latest tools used by design professionals to track sustainability metrics in new construction and major renovations. The presentation covers the LEED 2009 rating system, Green Guide for Healthcare, Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and the future of LEED for Healthcare. We pinpoint some key challenges associated with sustainability, and focus on opportunities that will integrate sustainable elements into healthcare facilities. Our discussion also looks at future trends, market shifts, and perspectives from healthcare administrators and construction managers. The presentation concludes with some case studies ranging from acute care facilities to medical office buildings.
Presented September 7, 2010. PPT | Youtube
101: Medical-Surgical Patient Unit Design
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamental drivers in the planning of Medical/Surgical Patient Unit Design. It articulates the context for successful patient unit design, including a brief historical context, establishment of critical success factors, industry trends, critical adjacencies and operational strategies. Key components include the impact of operations on space planning, client sensitivities and the impact of clinical models on unit configuration. Information focuses on successfully meeting and exceeding client expectations, working with defined client/facility user groups, and enabling long-term patient unit flexibility. Presented October 5, 2010. PPT | Youtube
101: Patient Care – Intensive Care Unit
This webinar introduces participants to the fundamentals of Intensive Care Unit planning and design. It provides a brief overview of the history and evolution of the ICU and outline current design drivers. Typical user needs and basic program requirements are reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning. Selected projects illustrate principles of ICU design and how different models of care can shape designs. A deep-dive case study outlines one project's approach to an ICU renovation.
Presented November 2, 2010. PPT | Youtube
201: Patient Unit – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
This webinar introduces the fundamentals of Neonatal Intensive Care Units, as well as Pediatric Intensive Care Units and their planning and design. It provides a brief overview of the history and evolution of the NICU and PICU and outline current design drivers. Typical user needs and basic program requirements are reviewed along with a summary of guidelines that drive space planning. Selected projects illustrate principles of NICU and PICU design and how different models of care can shape designs.
Presented December 6, 2010. PPT | Youtube
2009 Archived Webinar Series
101: Overview of Clinical and Logistical Support Services
This presentation covered the critical functions, relationships and design of the following clinical support and logistical departments in hospitals: Clinical Laboratory & Pathology, Pharmacy, Materials Management, Environmental Services & Linen, Food Service, Facilities Management, Safety & Security. Presented May 5, 2009. Youtube
101: Master Planning
H. Scot Latimer, FAIA, ACHA and Peter L. Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA examine the importance, basic steps, and typical deliverables of master planning for hospitals and healthcare systems.
Presented on September 11, 2009. Youtube
101: Mental Health
Presented by Francis Murdock Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA, the Web seminar will cover: Clinical and Social Trends Impacting The Treatment Environment; Types of Programs You Might Encounter and Their Impacts on Design; Significant Variables Impacting Facility Size, Contemporary Options in Room, Sub-Unit, Inpatient Unit, and Whole Hospital Design; Trends in Patient Safety and Security and Available Resources; How to Balance Proximity to Programs and Proximity to Ground. Presented on September 29, 2009. Youtube
2008 Archived Webinar Series
101: Medical Imaging
This program will help attendees gain an understanding of the complexity of planning a medical imaging facility, taking into account the needs of patients, staff, faculty and the imaging equipment itself; understand how to organize and manage the planning of such an architectural project; understand current imaging techniques, image management systems, and trends and developments in imaging technology and how all these will affect design and planning.
Presented on February 19, 2008.
PDF | Youtube
101: Maternal Care
Maternal Care, examines the basic elements and the nuances of planning a hospital maternity (birth) facility.
Presented on April 8, 2008. PDF 1 | PDF 2
In this installment, James G. Easter, Jr., FAAMA, Principal and Director Planning and Programming for HFR Design and Gary Vance, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Senior Director of Facility Planning for BSA LifeStructures, provide a complete overview of programming as it relates to healthcare design.
Presented June 17, 2008. PDF | Youtube
101: Acute Care
This webinar will give the beginning medical planner a basic understanding of key elements in the design of acute care patient units and rooms: types of patient units and rooms and their criteria for design; key operational factors in patient unit and room design; how important issues such as visibility, privacy and family involvement shape design. Plus, project examples with innovative design approaches.
Presented on September 3, 2008. Youtube
101: Intensive Care
This webinar will give the beginning medical planner a basic understanding of key elements in the design of intensive care patient units and rooms: defining intensive care, key operational factors in patient unit and room design, physical requirements like adjacency to other departments, design of ancillary spaces, model of care and impacts on design and project examples with innovative design approaches. Presented on September 17, 2008. Youtube
101: Surgery Part I - Planning the Surgical Department
The first session of the two part webinar will examine the basic flow and planning of the surgical department. The presenters will identify the programmatic components necessary for a well-designed surgical department as well as other hospital departments which support the surgical process. As with the other departments of the hospital, surgical regulations and codes affect the design layout and flow. These regulations and codes will be reviewed as they apply to patients (both inpatients and outpatients), staff and materials.
Presented on December 9, 2008. Youtube
101: Surgery Part II - Designing Operating and Procedure Rooms
The second session of the two part webinar will go more in depth behind the sterile line and focus on the operating and procedure rooms. The presenters will review the design and code requirements of these rooms and some of the equipment that is required. Similar to the surgical department itself, the flow of the patients, staff and materials within these operating and procedure rooms, affect the design layout. Because of the variety of specialized procedures and equipment, some of the surgical rooms will vary in layout, size and equipment needs. Examples of these differences will be reviewed.
Presented on December 16, 2008. Youtube
Other Program Supporting Emerging Professionals
Graduate Programs in Healthcare
A list of professional architecture schools that offer postgraduate programs in healthcare. Contact the school to learn details about deadlines and other requirements.
AIA Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design
This graduate fellowship aims to increase architecture students’ awareness of the special needs and nature of healthcare facilities, to attract talented young architects and students to this field, and to advance the knowledge of planning and design for healthcare environments through a research fellowship for master's and doctoral level students.
Herman Miller Intern Scholarship
Eight emerging professionals are awarded a scholarship to assist in their travel expenses to the AIA Healthcare fall conference. This scholarship program is part of Herman Miller Healthcare’s continuing commitment to excellence in health-care architecture and support of young architects.
AAH Student Design Charrette
Student teams from four universities are selected each year to participate in the AAH Student Design Charrette held in conjunction with the AIA/AAH Fall Conference.