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Press and Public Relations

The Academy’s press and public relations work entails: 

  • Developing campaigns that support the promotion and development of the healthy environment.
  • Providing PR support through its international network of opinion formers to member organizations and individuals.

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Public and Government Relations

Our public and government relations activities are wide-ranging and are aimed at national, pan-regional and global governments and public bodies. Developed primarily through our international events and media and publishing activities, we collaborate closely with key partners and stakeholders, and various trade and professional bodies to improve the effectiveness of our work.





Press Coverage

Click on the articles below to read publications in leading design, healthcare, business and national/international press.


Minister congratulates winners of World Design Awards
Design teams involved in the development of three local health and social care buildings have been congratulated by the Health Minister following their success at the Design & Health International Academy Awards in Singapore.
Author: DHSSPS Press Office Publication: Northern Ireland Executive Date: September 2009

Healthcare Academy Awards highlight groundbreaking design
Some of the most forward-thinking healthcare building designs from around the globe were singled out for praise in the 2009 Design & Health International Academy Awards.
Author: Joanne Makosinski
Publication: Building Better Healthcare
Date: August 2009

Strong UK presence at the 6th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition
The International Academy for Design and Health held the 6th World Congress and Exhibition on Design and Health at the Ritz Carlton Millenia, Singapore, from 24 - 28 June 2009. Attracting an international attendance, the event highlighted emerging trends and the latest research findings on the impact of design on health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Author: Valsa Panicker
Publication: UK Trade & Industry
Date: July 2009

Hospital Design: Open doors
Specifying access control and door solutions in healthcare facilities is a complex process that needs to balance appropriate levels of security, fire protection and infection control with the need to support patient and staff well-being.
Author: Marc Sansom
Publication: Building Better Healthcare Date: July 2009

Elderly Care: Dignity in death
The much-admired Maggie's Centres offer inspiration, hope and joy at the end of life. But more post occupancy evaluations are needed to understand how design can support well-being and the preservation of dignity in death.
Author: Marc Sansom Publication: Building Better Healthcare Date: July 2009

Infrastructure finance, investment and costing: Last chance saloon
As the UK Government takes drastic measures to keep PFI projects both in healthcare and the wider public sector on track, the marketplace for financing healthcare infrastructure projects is changing rapidly in the face of economic meltdown.
Author: Marc Sansom

Publication: Building Better Healthcare

Date: April 2009


Pyschosocially supportive design: A salutogenic approach to the design of the environment

While clinical practice focuses on treating illness, there’s also a raft of research to suggest that the quality of our everyday surroundings has a highly important role to play in sustaining wellness. This article considers the advantages of a salutogenic approach to hospital environments which focus on the factors that keep us well and stimulate the mind.
Author: Prof Alan Dilani Publication: International Hospital Federation Date: 2008/9

Healthcare Architecture: Back to the future
A better balance between function and the creation of patient, staff and visitor well-being through the environment is the future of hospital design in the UK, writes Marc Sansom, director of the International Academy for Design & Health.
Author: Marc Sansom

Publication: The Source

Date: October 2008


Health Conscious
For too long the poor relation of design, healthcare architecture is now developing a concept of the 'looser fit'. Healthcare architecture, possibly more than any other field, has forever been laden with the weight of design guidance and formulae, not to mention the fear and bureaucracy of political masters faced with the unenviable task of getting value for money from the public purse.
Author: Marc Sansom Publication: FX Magazine Date: November 2007




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