Academy of Architecture for Health Webinars

  1. The current COVID-19 pandemic exposed pervasive health and welfare inequality in access to healthcare. Underserved communities (healthcare deserts) have predominately uninsured or minimally insured populations including non-English speakers and refugees. Modern history has numerous examples of well-intentioned but hurtful designs imposed on vulnerable populations. This webinar will share processes used to engage a vulnerable, underserved population of Tempe Arizona to create a healthcare facility responsive to its needs and aspirations.

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  3. Remaining a leader within a medical field is a daunting task and for the past 25 years, the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute has maintained the #1 seed. Hybrid operating rooms were introduced in 2002 and in 2018, two new rooms were introduced, bringing their total to six rooms for just their main campus. These complex rooms employ some of the most technically challenging imaging equipment such as the Siemens Zeego, Pheno and Bi-plane technologies.

    Over the years, there are many lessons learned about the planning, design and implementing these complex rooms, including deciding how much square footage is ‘really’ needed to make the room function and what support systems are necessary to make it function optimally.

    During this session, attendees will follow the evolution of hybrid OR design at the Cleveland Clinic, explore the lessons learned in creating the best environment for treating patients and learn the best way to improve them and their delivery method in the future.

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  4. Virtual reality (VR) has been a buzz word for several years now, but designers are harnessing it’s power as a creative design and communication tool. VR is a medium that has the unique ability to accurately simulate the patient's perspective and allow healthcare providers to step into their patient's world before the design process has completed. By visualizing and understanding first-person experiences, healthcare designers are empowered to provide better design solutions, ultimately providing better quality care to vulnerable patient populations. This session will review current VR technology and its role in the design process.

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  5. The Facility Guidelines Institute, using a volunteer committee of over 120 professionals in practicing in health care, has developed a White Paper on Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities which includes recommended additional requirements to the 2022 series of Guidelines.

    This session explores the key factors that influenced the new recommendations along with an overview of what new standards are being recommended for the new Guidelines on Emergency Conditions.

    This effort addressed the need—permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary—to expand patient and resident capacity during pandemics and other manmade disasters and look at facility resiliency to withstand high winds, floods, wildfires, and other weather-related disasters. While many excellent solutions have been deployed over the years for resiliency and the past many months for COVID-19, thousands of hours have gone into coalescing lessons learned into a white paper and recommendations for a new Guidelines document that will support the treatment and care of patients, residents, visitors, and staff members during emergency conditions. A risk assessment process and emergency condition zone maps have been added to the compliance formula of determining when elements of the recommendations need to be applied.

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Academy of Architecture for Health Webinars


A series of webinars from AIA's Academy of Architecture for Health from 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. For access to schedule of live webinars and other webinar resources please visit

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