AAH Academy Journal

Exploring new trends, industry-wide issues, and emerging technology in the health care system


The Academy Journal seeks to promote awareness, educational exchange, and advancement of the project-delivery process and building products in the health care system.

Published articles have discussed a broad range of medical topics including research trends and the future of health care architecture, cardiac care, future and evolving technology, patient rooms and patient safety, lighting design for health care, psychology, workplace design, cancer care environments, emergency care, women’s and children’s care, and various health care project delivery methods.

23rd Edition (2021)

  • FGI then and now: The modifications for better design and planning for imaging in the operating room
  • The rewards of psychological safety in design and construction
  • The architect’s role in telehealth care

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22nd Edition (2020)

  • Telehealth and the changing shape of health spaces
  • Tailored lighting intervention to promote entrainment in myeloma transplant patients—A field study
  • Eliminating hot water handwashing: Five reasons to act
  • Urban interventions to mitigate the adverse effects of occupational stress in office buildings
  • Using choice-based design to improve health

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21st Edition (2019)

  • Building is only half of the battle: Multi-level interventions to impact change
  • Sound and space: Acoustical design strategies for healthcare staff spaces  

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20th Edition (2018)

  • Design and construction: A key component in hospitals credit ratings
  • Road to recovery: Person-centered design BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Trempealeau County Health Care Center

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19th Edition (2017)

  • Designing for invisible injuries: An exploration of healing environments for posttraumatic stress
  • Hospital inpatient unit design factors impacting direct patient care time, documentation time, and patient safety
  • Applying Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to human-centered design translating HCAHPS results into designs that support improved care delivery
  • The decentralized station: More than just patient visibility
  • An efficient method for high-performing healthcare facilities
  • Big growth needs big data
  • Open rooms for future health care environments
  • Songambele stories

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18th Edition (2016)

  • Textile environments and tactile interfaces
  • The healing power of design
  • Should we build it? And will they come? Lessons in pediatric satellite campus planning

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More editions of the AAH Academy Journal

17th edition | 16th edition | 15th edition | 14th edition

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American Institute of Architects