Supporting Healthcare with Glass

Sponsored by Guardian Glass

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify two ways that KU Medical Center used glass to create transparency and connection between students, faculty, and the community.
  2. Explain techniques designers of the University Medical Center New Orleans used to reduce the massing of the 1.6-million-square-foot complex.
  3. Describe the perforated aluminum panels and other methods used on the University of Arizona Cancer Center to alleviate heat gain and glare while preserving views.
  4. List three architectural features of the Parkland Memorial Hospital that provide the bold yet on-budget distinctive look.


1 AIA LU/Elective
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course is approved as a core course
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is part of the Glass in Architecture Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

Hospital and medical school facilities have not been known for their warmth and hospitality. But new thinking about patient care and medical student training is leading to some remarkable architectural designs that often put patient care and comfort above all else. This course takes a look at several projects that have put glass at the center of their buildings to not only bring in light but also provide beauty, comfort, and a sense of calm to what can be an otherwise stark or chaotic space.

KU Medical Center Health Education Building by CO Architects
For this project, CO Architects met the goal of this building being a front door, and at night a lantern, by using transparency and a lot of glass.
Charles Linn, FAIA

University Medical Center New Orleans
This new medical facility, with its 42-foot-high, daylight-filled lobby, gleaming white terrazzo floors, and public art, exudes an aesthetic calm while serving as the region’s only level-one trauma center.
Joann Gonchar, FAIA

The University of Arizona Cancer Center
A Place in the Sun: A high-performance building in the desert serves as a therapeutic refuge for cancer patients.
Jenna M. McKnight

Parkland Memorial Hospital
How do you give a hospital a warmer, hotel-like ambience? How do you bring in plenty of daylight and views out to an abundance of greenery? Architects at HDR + Corgan figured it out.
Suzanne Stephens

NYU Langone Health by Ennead and NBBJ
At NYU, glass enhances state-of-the-art patient rooms, labs, and airy, light-filled meeting rooms and gathering points.
Sarah Amelar

Supporting Health

Photo ©Rene Perez


Guardian Glass Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float,coated, and fabricated glass products, offering a range of low-emissivity and interior glass options to meet performance and design requirements.


Originally published in November 2018