This year's recognized projects included a tuberculosis hospital by MASS Design Group and a dental studio by Matt Fajkus Architecture.
The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) and Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) have named five projects as winners in the 2019 annual AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards. The program, "which showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning, and healthcare design-oriented research," divides winners into six categories based on price and scope, according to AIA's website: built for less than $25 million; built for more than $25 million; renovations or remodels; unbuilt projects; built or unbuilt innovations in planning and design; and master planning urban designs for healthcare designs. This year, the program recognized international projects in the three former categories.
The jury for the 2019 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards comprised Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Marlon Blackwell Architects, Fayetteville, Ark.; Vincent Della Donna, AIA, ACHA, Jackson, N.J.; Brian Uyesugi, AIA, NBBJ, Seattle; Sunil Shah, AIA, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.; Jim Henry, AIA, CallisonRTKL, Dallas; Jocelyn Stroupe, CannonDesign, Chicago; and James Childress, FAIA, Centerbrook Architects, Centerbrook, Conn.
The 2019 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award Winners are below.
Category A: Built (less than $25 million)
Project: Westlake Dermatology Concrete and Glass Pavilion in Marble Falls, Texas
Architect: Matt Fajkus Architecture
Excerpt from AIA description: "The facility in Marble Falls was a ground-up design project strengthened by a collaborative process directly with the clients and consultants. From a distance, the structure is a pavilion in the landscape, standing as a structure to behold in and of itself, but from in and round the building, it acts as deferential backdrop to function and as a frame for views beyond."
Project: The GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital in Port-au-Price, Haiti
Architect: MASS Design Group
Excerpt from from AIA description: "The new GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital replaced the previously destroyed facility at Signeau, providing TB patients an effective and dignified place to stay for the duration of their long-term treatment. Simple but effective methods of passive ventilation and infection control were used to reduce in-hospital transmission of TB in this high-risk population, as well as reduce energy costs for the facility."
Category B: Built (more than $25 million)
Project: Casey House in Toronto
Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Excerpt from AIA description: "The renovation and extension to Casey House, a specialized healthcare facility for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, develops a new prototype for hospitals. The facility meets the needs of patients in a setting designed to evoke the experience and comforts of home. In order to create a comfortable, home-like user experience, the embrace emerged as a unifying themeâone of warmth, intimacy, comfort, privacy, connectivity, and solidity. The architecture is a physical manifestation of the embrace."
Category C: Renovations/Remodeled
Project: Studio Dental II in San Francisco
Architect: Montalba Architects
Excerpt from AIA description: "Situated within a rapidly developing neighborhood in San Franciscoâs financial district, the dentistsâ brick and mortar location is defined by a modern aesthetic, while honoring the historic elements of the base building. This creates a transcendent environment that feels gallery-like and serene. The design centers on a conceptual âlanternâ within the dark building core, which communicates a sense of scale, luminescence, and transparency, and envelopes the series of operatories within."