About Architects for Health
The aim of Architects for Health is to promote and campaign for better healthcare environments through bringing together individuals and organisations who share an interest in excellence in the planning and design of healthcare facilities.
Architects for Health is a non-profit making organisation for architects, and anyone interested in the design and planning of healthcare facilities. Its inception in 1992 was a response to the considerable strategic change in the health sector. Since then, AfH have grown into an established organisation with a membership list of around 500 for whom it provides a national network of support, the means to influence policy and as a forum for new ideas.
The annual programme of activities promotes a better understanding of current issues in health planning and design and keeps members informed across the whole range of topics in the health sector. These events are wide ranging in scope and include joint events with clinical societies and royal colleges, or with representatives of organisations active in the procurement of health facilities. An event is held each year at the Reform Club to debate a topical issue such as design quality or the NHS plan, and one event each year has an overseas focus.
Arrangements are made to visit health facilities at home and abroad including presentations and discussion with their designers and management.
AfH is working to improve the quality of briefs for healthcare buildings and proactively to support the inclusion of healthcare sector buildings in the curricula of Departments and Schools of Architecture in the UK.