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Academy for Design and Health


11:th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition,  in Hong Kong, July 15-19 2015

The International Academy for Design & Health is a global, interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to the stimulation and application of research concerning the interaction between design, health, science & culture.

Providing a highly visible global forum for an ongoing exchange of research findings among scientists, designers and industry, we work in close partnership with our international network of governments, universities and commercial organisations to promote human health, wellbeing and quality of life through environmental design.

The centrepiece of our activities is the 11th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition, which will be held in Hong Kong, China, 15-19 July 2015. Click here to view the Call for Papers for Hong Kong.

OBSERVE !!! The event has changed date and location to Hong Kong !!

Click here to download the sponsorship package for 11th World Congress.

This year's Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition 2014 was held in Toronto, from 9-13 July. Click here to download the speaker's presentations, or here to download the Final Programme for Toronto 2014. Click here to also download a slideshow of images from the congress.

Design & Health International Academy Awards 2015

Click on the image to download the 2015 Academy Awards' Call for Entries and Submission Statements
The Design & Health International Academy Awards is the world's leading
advocacy program, recognizing professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy environments.

The annual awards program has a significant influence on the global design of salutogenic environments that support health, wellbeing and quality of life, reflecting important aspects of the exceptional work undertaken by researchers and practitioners at the forefront of the field of design and health.

The awards are open to international organizations in both the private and public sectors participating in either research or practice, including the planning, procurement, design, construction and management of healthy built environments.

The judging panel is constructed from a group of independent experts from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Experts in their field, the judges come from multi-disciplinary backgrounds in research and practice, bringing with them a breadth of experience in their field.

Recipients of the awards are teams and individuals who through outstanding efforts have contributed to the progress of knowledge and demonstrated vision and leadership in exemplary initiatives within the field.

Click here for further information on the Academy Awards 2014 winners.


Design & Health China 2014 attracts global speakers in Beijing

The Design & Health China 2014 International Symposium organised by the International Academy for Design & Health and Spire Coris in partnership with Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture, was successfully held at the Marco Polo Parkside Hotel in Beijing, from 30 October - 1 November.

Dedicated to exploring global salutogenic perspectives on the creation of a healthy society in China, the event explored how the quality of the built environment affects our health, wellbeing and quality of life, bringing together interdisciplinary world experts to share their knowledge in the creation of a new salutogenic vision for a healthy China in 2020.

Click here to view the speaker's presentations or on the image to view the final programme. A slideshow of images from the event can also be viewed.


Academy appoints Prof Barlow as its new President

New President: Prof James Barlow
The International Academy for Design & Health (IADH) has appointed Professor James Barlow as its new president. Succeeding Dr Ray Pentecost III who will remain a member of the executive as immediate past president, Prof Barlow’s appointment is for a two year term with an option to extend by a further two years.

Following the announcement during the 10th Design & Health World Congress in Toronto, Canada, from 9-13 July, founder and CEO of the IADH, Dr Alan Dilani, said: “Prof Barlow’s role will be to work closely with the IADH leadership to establish a platform for international growth in the areas of research, education and advocacy, collaborating with governments, universities and private industry around the world.

Click here to read more or here to download the press release.

St Olavs Hospital, Norway scoops seven Academy Awards

The project team from St Olavs Hospital, Norway receiving one of their seven awards from judge Prof Gelun of Beijing Architecture University
The recently completed St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway received a total of seven awards at this year's prestigious Design & Health International Academy Awards 2014, announced in a prestigious ceremony on the 12 July at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Considered by the judges to be at the leading edge of innovation in terms of both its adoption of digital technology, its approach to health promotion and the way the hospital design had been integrated with the city, St Olavs was judged to be the overall winner of three categories, including International Health Project (over 40,000 sqm); International Salutogenic Design; and Product Design for Healthcare Application for an interactive digital installation that assist patients and families to educate themselves about their health. The hospital was also highly commended in the category, Use of Art in the Patient Environment; whilst its specialist Knowledge Centre building received high commendations in Sustainable Design; Interior Design and International Health Project (under 40,000 sqm).

Other strong performers included St Mary's Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, designed by Farrow Partnership Architects and Perkins + Will, which won the Sustainable Design and Use of Art in the Patient Environment categories, and the Deheng Clinic in Beijing, designed by Robarts Interiors and Architecture, which was highly commended in the Interior Design and International Salutogenic Design categories.

The awards programme comprised ten categories across the key areas of international health delivery, including the prestigious Lifetime Leadership Award, which was won by Prof George Mann AIA of Texas A&M University.

Click here for further information on the Academy Awards 2014 winners.

Prof George Mann receives Academy's Lifetime Leadership Award

Lifetime Leader: Prof George Mann

The International Academy for Design & Health has awarded Prof George J Mann, RA, AIA, FAIA, its prestigious Lifetime Leadership Award.

Awarded by the Academy every year to a healthcare leader and visionary who has shown an ongoing, lifelong commitment to enhancing the health, wellbeing and quality of people’s lives through their dedication to healthcare design, the award recognises the human and personal qualities needed to push back the boundaries of progress and inspire future generations.

The award was announced during the Gala Academy Awards Dinner at the 10th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition in Toronto, held from 9-13th July, and presented by the Academy’s founder and CEO, Dr Alan Dilani together with former Lifetime Leadership Award winners, Eb Zeidler and Prof Ian Forbes.

Prof Mann, who is professor of architecture and The Ronald L Skaggs, FAIA endowed professor of health facilities design at Texas A&M University is recognized worldwide as a leader in health facilities design. He has over 48 years of pioneering experience in the field of architecture for health through his architectural research, teaching, consulting, and practice. Professor Mann has also published numerous articles, and research reports, giving presentations of his findings on both a natural and international level.

Click here to read more about Prof Mann's receipt of the Lifetime Leadership Award.

Australasian Healthcare Design 2000-2015 launched

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The International Academy for Design & Health (IADH) and its Australasian partners have successfully launched a new and exciting publication at the 9th Design & Health World Congress in Brisbane, from 10-14 July.

Edited by Kate Copeland, past president of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, Australasian Healthcare Design 2000-2015 reviews past, current and future projects and trends in healthcare design in Australia and New Zealand, providing a unique reference publication for researchers and practitioners in the global field of design & health.

The hardcase publication, which has been produced in collaboration with Government State Health Departments and the Australasian partners of the 9th Design & Health World Congress, which was held in Brisbane, from 10-14 July, 2013, consists of a collection of essays from prominent Australasian academics and practitioners, as well as a comprehensive catalogue of projects delivered during a remarkable period of capital investment in health infrastructure. Click here or on the image to download some sample essays and projects, and to order your copy from the limited stock still available.

Organisation & People

Partners & Corporate Membership

Our executive and international advisory boards represents an interdisciplinary network that includes experts from all over the world

Our partners include governments, public sector providers, professional / trade bodies and commercial industry 

Education & Training

Research & Science

Learn about our post-graduate and executive education programmes, including the Design & Health International Masters Degree

Our global research initiative brings universities and industry together to address the keynote issues facing the healthcare design sector

Media & Publishing

Conferences & Events

Design & Health is a prolific publisher of research papers, books and journals, including the influential World Health Design journal
Learn more about the 8th World Congress for Design & Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012, and our regional international symposium

Advocacy & Awards


Learn about our work to influence design standards and guidelines, through initiatives such as the Design & Health International Awards We can provide design consultancy & review to health clients and governments, or connect you to the leading experts in the field

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