2021 Healthcare Design Awards
The year's best healing spaces, presented by the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Health
The Healthcare Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research.
Penn Medicine Radnor
After outgrowing its ambulatory care facility, with its inadequate ceiling heights and disorganized layouts, Penn Medicine turned to the suburbs of Philadelphia to create a new $200 million center that is focused on regenerating both the health of those who seek care there and the site itself. The new center is inspired by environmental stewardship and the ideals of biophilia, embracing nature and erasing the division between indoors and out.
Rainier Beach Clinic
This project arose from Northwest Kidney Center's desire to upend treatment standards for the nearly 500,000 Americans living with chronic kidney disease. Across America, patients often must spend up to 16 hours each week undergoing life-sustaining dialysis in crowded and institutional outpatient clinics. To revolutionize this area of care, Northwest Kidney Centers selected Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood, an area disproportionately affected by kidney disease, to demonstrate a more humanized form of dialysis care.
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Founded in the late 19th century, Rancho Los Amigos has long been a premier rehabilitation center for adult and pediatric patients recovering from life-altering spinal cord and brain injuries, strokes, and physical and developmental disorders. Owned and operated by Los Angeles County, the center offered world-class treatment that was dampened by its inefficient layout of outdated single-story buildings scattered across the 212-acre campus. This project has radically transformed the center, bringing it in line with the ideals of a holistic and human-centered rehabilitation process.
The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
The new 750,000-square-foot David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center represents the latest chapter in the institution’s 137-year effort to prevent, control, and, ultimately, cure cancer. The center is the largest freestanding cancer care facility for both Memorial Sloan Kettering and New York City at large. Across its 25 floors, the center offers seemingly every aspect of cancer care, allowing patients to access the varied services they may need in a single visit.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center
This project, the first-ever public-private partnership venture for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, arose from community concern about compassionate care for veterans. It supports an aging facility, built in 1950, that strained to provide adequate services to a growing population of veterans. A standout among the department’s more than 1,200 facilities, the inspired architecture offers a meaningful experience for both patients and staff.
University of Cincinnati, Gardner Neuroscience Institute
On the University of Cincinnati’s campus, the Gardner Neuroscience Institute creates a comfortable environment for sensitive patients and their families. The institute also gathers nearly 125 faculty members from the university’s Centers of Excellence, housing them in a cutting-edge home for care, education, and research on complex neurological conditions. The building serves as a new front door for the medical campus and is a testament to UC Health’s world-class treatment and research.
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