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Health + Design Resources

Websites, organizations, events, certifications and research for healthcare design and better health and healthcare BY design. Include evidence based design, universal design and inclusive design for better outcomes for health providers, patients and caregivers at home and in the world.
AAH Home - Academy of Architecture for Health

Academy, leadership, AAH, Health, care, healthcare, homepage, hospitals. The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. This includes a foundation, events, webinars, AIA Knowledge Net, Resources, Local and State Chapters and more for healthcare design for architects. Design Awards and articles helpful for everyone in the design of healthcare. For some of the feature, communities and content, you need to be an AIA paid member.

AARP Foundation for Housing - Safe, Affordable Housing for Seniors -

As people age, their need for safe and affordable housing grows more critical. Yet today,approximately 19 million low-income 50+ households in America cannot afford their housing costs and/or live in inadequate housing. Many are paying over 30 percent of their household income to maintain housing that barely meets their physical needs.


AccessibilityOnline represents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and the US Access Board. The program includes a series of free webinars and audio conferences on different topics of accessibility. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation.

Adaptive Design Association

Adaptive Design Association designs custom furniture for children with disabilities and teaches others how to construct adaptations.

American College of Healthcare Architects -

The American College of Healthcare Architects provides Board Certification for Architects who practice as healthcare specialists. Our certificate holders include healthcare architects throughout the United States and Canada with specialized skills and proven expertise. There is also an extensive and free resource section for those involved in healthcare built enviornments.

ANFA - Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

The ANFA works on the connection between the brain and sense (neuroscience) the the built environment (architecture). Some great articles on how sensory and other areas of architecture affect neurological (brain) health.




With more than 11,000 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to optimizing the health care physical environment. As a trusted industry resource, ASHE is committed to our members, the facilities they build and maintain, and the patients they serve.

Better Living Design

Better Living Design™ is a sensible design approach to improve how homes are designed, built and remodeled in America. The BLD Institute™ promotes, educates and encourages wide adoption of Better Living Design™ practices.

Boomer Smarts by Mitzi Beach

Online certification for designers and manufacturers in "Boomer Smarts" created by Lifestyle Design Expert and Interior Design for Baby Boomers Mitzi Beach. "America's trusted online resource for the products, the people and the places that care about creating the Healthy Homes of the Future for America's 78 million Baby Boomers.

Building Research Information Knowledgebase

The architecture design process typically encompasses separated phases or steps leading to a completed building project. Steps may include programming, conceptual design, design development, construction and sometimes post occupancy evaluation. BRIK- the Building Research Information Knowledgebase- premiered in 2013 from the AIA and the National Institute of Building Services. The goal is to provide professionally reviewed research in the built environment, and has a section in healthcare (largely so far from the Center for Health Design.)

- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation- Accessible Housing by Design

Buying and mortgages and rental for all Canadians with a special section on "accessible and adaptable housing" that has great resources both specific for Canadians and great articles for anyone in the shelter field or homeowners/renters anywhere.

CDC - Healthy Places - A Training Framework for Public Health and Planning Professionals

Working Together: A Training Framework for Public Health and Planning Professionals

Center for Healthcare Innovation | CHI

The Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research center committed to excellence and innovation in the global life sciences industries, including the biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical sectors. While they provide objective thought-leadership and solutions for the international life science ecosystem- there is overlap with the design of products, solutions and systems within healthcare.

chd | The Center for Health Design

The CHD: "We envision a world where every hospital, health clinic, treatment center, doctor's office, and residential care facility is designed to improve both the quality of care and outcomes for patients, residents, and staff." To that ends they offer over 1,000 peer-reviewed evidence based research papers on healthcare design and its relationship to outcomes. They have a training and certification program, and partner often with other organizations to expand the scope of evidence based design in health systems, clinics, and for health in general. They have recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. Offers news, videos, events, expensive research.

Clinic Design | The Center for Health Design

An interactive project of the Center for Health Design, the Clinic Design has stages of the design process, and provides easy, list-forms of design recommendations along each stage of the clinic design. Provides photos and other examples of healthcare centers and clinics that have followed the best of healthcare evidence based design in implementation.




As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™ and founder of the WELL Building Standard®, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. The Delos platform includes research, consulting, real estate development and innovative solutions for the built environment – creating spaces that nurture and promote human health and well-being.

Demand Design

Demand Design combines the best of universal, evidence-based, experience, sensory and other smart design to make great design and design experiences for all at home, in public, in products and in healthcare. Demand Design is a movement and community that is built around shared ideals. Your home should be your haven: surrounded by beauty, reflecting your loves and lifestyle while making your life easier. As you are not defined by your challenges, your home need not create another barrier to a fulfilled life or the lives of your loved ones.

Design and Health - The American Institute of Architects

The intersection of public health and the built environment presents an extraordinary opportunity for architects. The AIA seeks to facilitate holistic, synchronous and multi-scale solutions that empower its members to address a wide range of areas connecting Design & Health. Non members can join the health and design communities as any of the communities on the AIA website. The AIA Knowledge Net Design and Health Community is at

Design for Health

A collaborative project from Harvard, while Design For Health stopped being updated in 2015, they created a number of extensive resources good for anyone interested in the field including; an A-Z guide of tools related to health and place, health topics, physical plans and designs, a number of HIAs ( health impact assessment). They also gathered quite a bit of evidence based research in health and environment/ location/ design of "place".

Design For Life | Beauty | Dignity | Independence

We're posting new videos regularly. Check out our Vid-Dailies™! Vid-Dailies are an idea we created of bringing trade shows, events and conferences to attendees and/or the public in video form every morning of the event.

Design for Social Change

Design has rapidly risen to the forefront of innovation as a driver for improved standards of living, increased productivity, and increased economic prosperity. Through good design, we can create concepts and solutions to meet the challenges of today and the future. Designers are finding ways to solve the problems we face with resource management, healthcare, poverty and environmental issues.


Design + Health is a student-led initiative between the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design that employs design to support health and well-being.

Designing Healthy Communities - Improving our nation's public health by re-designing and restoring our built environment

Improving our nation's public health by re-designing and restoring our built environment- PBS program, and has town hall meetings. Run by Dr. Richard Jackson.

DFH- Design for Health

Design For Health is a collaborative project that serves to bridge the gap between the emerging research base on community design and healthy living and the everyday realities of local government planning.

Enabled by Design | People passionate about Design for All

People passionate about Design for All. A community with "hacks" under a non-profit based in Europe.