The Four Pillars

An Ongoing Collaborative Alliance

The four organizations below are allied to further our common purposes. Our leaders continually examine our missions to ensure collaboration where it is beneficial and to improve our efficiency by avoiding duplication of services.  Historically, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) was first, created in 1946. The other three organizations initially were created by members of AAH, but are now fully independent. Today, leaders from each organization meet regularly to continue to enrich this important alliance. We urge you to visit each organization’s website to learn more.

AIA Academy of Architecture for Health – Education and Networking

The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health provides knowledge that supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of—and those touched by—the health care architecture profession. It is one of the most active of the 21 AIA Knowledge Communities.

American College of Healthcare Architects – Board Certification

The American College of Healthcare Architects was created in 1999 to offer board certification to licensed health care architects through an independent process involving a portfolio review, an assessment by peer architects, and a rigorous examination. It is the first and only design specialty so recognized by the AIA.

Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation – Research Sponsorship

The mission of the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation is to support the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of those who create health care environments through the funding of critical educational and research activities.

Facility Guidelines Institute – Standards Development

The mission of the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) is to establish and promote consensus-based guidelines and publications, advised by research, to advance quality health care.  FGI is responsible for the revision process and the 110+-person multidisciplinary committee responsible for developing and publishing the Guidelines for Design and Construction documents.


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