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AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards

The AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research. The awards highlight the trends of healthcare facilities and the future direction of these facilities. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. The AIA/AAH will recognize the firms for their contribution to the healthcare environment.




All Entries must meet the following requirements:

    • Because this is a program that will evaluate modern trends in healthcare design, projects submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2009.

    • Projects may be re-submitted in future year's competitions, as long as they still meet the submission requirements. Projects that have received an AIA/AAH award are not eligible for resubmission in the same category.

    • Projects may be located anywhere in the world, but must have been designed by an architect licensed in the United States or in one of its territories at the time of the project's completion. "Completion" is synonymous with "substantial completion" as defined in the standard AIA documents governing construction.

    • The submitting architect may qualify as a member of a design team, whether or not serving as the head of the team. When one architect is not the sole author, all other participants contributing substantially to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission, regardless of professional discipline.

    •For multiple building projects, the architect submitting the project (or portion thereof) shall offer detailed evidence of authorship of each portion of the project.

    • Any project that credits any 2014 National AIA Healthcare Design Awards jury member or their firm as architect, associate architect, consultant, or client is ineligible and will be disqualified if submitted.

    • Communication with 2014 National AIA Healthcare Design Awards jurors by the entrants is inappropriate. All architects of award-winning projects will be required to verify they had no written or verbal communication with any 2014 National AIA Healthcare Design Awards juror regarding any submitted project from the time of submittal to completion of the jury process.

Award recipient entries become the property of the AIA and will be retained in the collections of the AIA Library and Archives.

2014 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submission completion is March 10, 2014 before 5:00 PM Eastern. All deadlines are strictly observed.

Below is the list of submission entries. All entry fees are non-refundable:

Members: $400.00 for each entry
Nonmembers: $450.00 for each entry

2014 Jury


Eric Goodfriend, AIA(Chair)
Portland, Oregon

Roger Call, AIA
Herman Miller for Healthcare
Zeeland, Michigan

Jim Lennon
Lennon Associates
Del Mar, California

James C. Lord II, AIA
KGA Architecture
Las Vegas

Mark Patterson, AIA

Mark Tortorich, FAIA
Stanford University
Menlo Park, California

Shane Williams, AIA
Array Architects

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2014 Submission Preview before submitting your payment. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Submission Criteria

Category A
Built: Less than $25 million (construction cost)

Category B
Built: More than $25 million (construction cost)

Category C
Unbuilt: Must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build

Category D
Innovations in Healthcare Design: The Innovations in Healthcare Design category recognizes a broad array of innovative or revolutionary ideas in healthcare design, planning and implementation. Awarded projects demonstrate new ideas that benefit the profession and can be applied by others to improve the overall quality of services provided by Healthcare Architects and/or Healthcare Providers.

Category E
Master Planning Urban Design for Healthcare Settings

General Submission Guidelines

1. Project authorship will remain concealed throughout the deliberations of the jury. If the authorship is revealed on any of the images, plans, or narrative, the entry will be disqualified. However, project identity and location are acceptable.

2. The submission deadline date (Monday, March 10, 2014 at 4:59:59 pm Eastern Time) will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made. No entry fee will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or not completed.

3. Rights to photos, digital images, and plans must be cleared for publication by the entrant. Entrants are responsible for any royalties or copyright photography fees. Before entering, entrants must have the owner's approval to submit the project. Owners must be informed of potential site visits and the significant recognition in the media should the project receive an award.

Submission Upload

    • Project images must be submitted in a single .PDF file not to exceed 10 MB

    • Provide a maximum of 15 images that best describe your project

    • Images may be photographs, renderings, and drawings and should include at least one site plan and one floor plan with North arrow.

    • Emphasis should be placed on information that best informs the jury about the innovative design solution that has been developed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?
No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the deadline date of 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?
You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date prior to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

How will I know my submission has been received?
Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from to your junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact for assistance.

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Elizabeth Wolverton
Manager, AIA Honors & Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006


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