Hospitable Healthcare Spaces

These innovative and welcoming medical facility projects move beyond conventional healthcare design
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1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss trending design solutions for improving the efficiency of healthcare facility layouts to improve patient, employee, and visitor health and welfare.
  2. Describe the innovative and sustainable products and materials incorporated into the design strategies of the five featured medical facilities.
  3. Explain ways in which architects and designers can include hospitality-like amenities in modern medical environments in order to enhance occupant experience.
  4. Identify specific acoustic and lighting approaches used to support occupant well-being in a range of healthcare facilities, including hospitals and clinics.

This course is part of the Healthcare Academy

This course is part of the The Healthcare 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.

With recent healthcare facility trends pivoting away from a traditionally cold, institutional feel, designers across the globe are shifting their focus toward comfort, compassion, and even amenities typically found more in hospitality settings than in hospitals. Modern healthcare environments make patients, staff, and visitors feel at ease, addressing everything from acoustics and lighting to layout efficiencies and the inclusion of nature in design – all in the interest of improved health and well-being.

Mantel Ortho by Johnsen Schmaling
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Laura Raskin

Penn Medicine Radnor by Ballinger
Radnor, Pennsylvania
Suzanne Stephens

Waldkliniken Eisenberg Hospital by Matteo Thun
Mairi Beautyman

Beacon Clinic by 5468796
Calgary, Alberta
Clifford A. Pearson

Oculum by gon architects and Oliva Iluminación
Anatxu Zabalbeascoa

Waldkliniken Eisenberg Hospital

Photo © Gionata Xerra

Locally sourced larch wood clads the circular facade of the new hospital wing, which connects to the orthopedic center’s existing surgery building via a glass passageway.

ROCKFON Rockfon provides customers with a complete ceiling system offering, combining stone wool ceiling panels with suspension grid systems, metal ceiling solutions, and now wood ceilings. Our products help create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a constructive contribution toward a sustainable future.


Originally published in August 2022