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AIA Selects Four Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

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August 2008

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) announce the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. Continuing the AIA’s legacy of celebrating outstanding works of contemporary architects, the new awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research.

“Collectively, the winning projects exhibit conceptual strength and address aesthetic, civic, urban and social concerns, as well as the requisite programmatic functional and sustainability concerns of a healthcare facility,” said national jury chair Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA. “Individually, the specific design solutions create ideal healing environments for patients, staff and visitors while contributing to an improvement in the urban landscape in which they are located.”

Cha Women & Children’s Hospital, Bun Dang GuSeongNam, South Korea, KMD Architects

This new hospital, which is planned to maximize the benefits of natural light while providing access to outdoor areas, is among the first in Korea to offer a full array of advances from the United States such as labor and delivery room, water birthing and participation by family members in the birthing process that are taken for granted stateside. The facility was designed to maximize the benefits of natural light as well as to provide patient, visitor and staff access to the outdoors from public areas.


The Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic at University Medical Center North, Tucson, Arizona, CO Architects

Removed from the institutional setting of the acute care hospital, this comprehensive cancer clinic invokes the power of the desert landscape to define it as a place of inspiration and healing. The visual and physical access to the outdoors provides patients and staff at this intimately scaled facility with a connection to the healing power of nature. Through the integration of the three courtyards into the building’s organization, as well as the extensive natural desert landscape and the distant views of the mountains, Tucson’s rugged natural beauty has been incorporated into the patient’s and staff’s daily experience.

Shenzhen Third People's Hospital, Shenzhen, China, TRO Jung|Brannen

The design team created a hospital that blended traditional Chinese forms with Western technology. The design solution is a campus with a linear spine and a series of narrow buildings that are curved to capture sunlight and channel the winds. Although the buildings will have internal mechanical systems consistent with those found in U.S. hospitals to halt the spread of infection, the campus organization locates infectious patients downwind and offers them the natural healing power of sunlight and serene garden views. The building is situated so it has prevailing southeasterly winds; therefore, the non-infectious zone is at the south end of the campus with the semi-infectious zone in the center and the infectious zone at the north.

Weill Greenberg Center, New York, Polshek Partnership Architects / Ballinger

Inspired by the tranquility of a spa environment, the design of this world-class facility optimizes the patient experience to promote health and healing and reinforces the institution’s state-of-the-art clinical services. Moreover, its singular identity and its being the first of the college’s clinical facilities on the west side of York Avenue distinguish it from the clinical image of New York Hospital. Throughout the design and construction process, the building was evaluated for its contribution to evidence-based design. Design features that contribute to the creation of a calm and effective patient experience include: diffuse natural light, the use of water both for its aural and its visual features, and natural materials for their tactile, visual and associative characteristics.

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