DESIGN IN MENTAL HEALTH Conference & Exhibition 2018 15-16 May

Design in Mental Health Network
Design in Mental Health is the only UK event to focus on the design of mental health facilities with a clear focus on creating calm therapeutic environments for the benefit of patients and staff alike. Architects for Health will have a stand in the exhibition to exhibit member’s work and a Call for Submissions will open shortly.
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The Call for Entries for the prestigious European Healthcare Design Awards 2018 has been extended until 14 March following exceptional demand to enter.
That means you have another two weeks to get your submissions in for the Awards, so download the Call for Entries and Awards Criteria Guidelines today and don’t miss your final chance to be recognised for your achievements in healthcare design.
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Student Design Awards 2018

Student Design AwardsWe are delighted to announce the launch of the AfH Student Design Awards 2018 This year’s theme is set around the topic of Wellbeing.
To find out more about the programme – including The Brief – please visit this page.
The AfH Student Design Awards challenge students of architecture and design to explore innovative and compassionate design for health and social care settings.

Susan Francis

Susan Francis3rd March 1952 – 29th April 2017
B.A., A.A. Dip., MARCA, AfH Programme Director

It is with great sadness and a huge sense of loss that we announce the peaceful death of Susan Francis on Saturday 29th April 2017.
Susan has been involved with Architects for Health since its beginnings, and more recently has been its Programme Director. Her contribution to the great success that AfH, the AfH Student Awards and the European Healthcare Design Congress currently have has been profound. She will be so greatly missed.

Obituary – written by John Cooper, director of healthcare specialist John Cooper Architecture

Our mission

Architects for Health (AfH) believes that the spaces of healthcare have an important effect on the well-being of patients, their friends and families, and that good design can positively influence patient outcomes.

We work to bring about well-designed and restorative health facilities, through enabling conditions for this change, both through our membership and with wider health institutions and communities.

By sharing ideas, experiences and examples, we are building knowledge networks that inform and support the future design of high-quality healthcare environments.
Find out more about us.

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AfH has a current membership of about 500 people who share our values across healthcare planning, design, and delivery. Become a member and get access to this expanding network.

Other benefits include early-bird access to events, information exchange and collaboration, CPD opportunities and support for ideas for AfH activities and projects.


Healthcare design guidance – mainly Health Building Notes and Health Technical Memoranda – are a vital part of health facility design but this guidance is now increasingly out of date and suffering from lack of recent investment.

Architects for Health have taken the initiative and held an industry-wide Round Table in late 2016 to debate the future of guidance.

  • The conclusions and recommendations from the Round Table were wide-ranging and the full report can be viewed here
  • AfH were also asked to conduct a survey across the industry and all who use or have used design guidance are invited to take the survey here


You are invited to the NSH and the Architectural Forum for Health Development annual conference on hospital development on 15 and 16 March in Oslo.
Go to the NSH site here to find out more

Wellcome Collection – ‘Living with Buildings’
Architectural commission open call for submissions DEADLINE 2 FEBRUARY 2018
Coming this October, ‘Living with Buildings’ will explore how our built environment contributes to our physical and mental health in both positive and negative ways. We spend more time than ever indoors. The approaches of architects, planners and designers can have a powerful influence on our feelings of individual wellbeing and self-esteem, on our community and society, as well as on our physical health. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new architectural commission, to be announced in early 2018.
Call for Submissions

NLA Knowledge Capital – Call for entries DEADLINE 14 FEBRUARY 2018
New London Architecture is inviting submissions of projects, initiatives and ideas that are supporting the transformation of London’s education and health sector, focusing on universities, colleges, campuses, research centres, incubators, innovation centres, hospitals, clinics, libraries and museums in London, the South East and East regions.
More Information here

Senses and Hospitals
I am a historian of medicine working on the sensory history of hospitals. I am hoping to develop a funding application for the Wellcome Trust in 2018, at to that end will be organising two two-day workshops (most likely in April and June) on the senses and hospitals to develop hopefully a collaborative bid involving architects, artists, academics and others. If you are interested please contact Victoria Bates at victoria.bates@bristol.ac.uk

British Medical Auctions
For Project Teams involved in refurbishment or redesign. A service that will take old equipment or medical devices and send them to developing healthcare economies around the world. Proceeds from the sale of such equipment returns to the hospital Trust/Hospital Group for re-investment. Go to http://www.britishmedicalauctions.co.uk/ for additional information. Or write to paul.sherman@britishmedicalauctions.co.uk

Evidence Space
A platform organised by British Gypsum social media to share knowledge from Evidence Based Design academics, researchers, designers, clients and building users. Contributions from members of AfH would be welcome for publication on the website. Please go to http://www.british-gypsum.com/evidence-space/heal/evidence-based-design-in-healthcare for more information. Or write to Carly Lunt at carlyl@cibcomms.co.uk to discuss articles/research you may have written.