Architects for Health

Architects for Health

Paul Gilligan is a Senior Associate within our Healthcare team.  Paul has been a member of Architects for Health (AfH) for several years and has recently completed his first year on their executive committee. We caught up with Paul to find out what Architects for Health have been doing over the past 12 months

Over the past year and my first year as a member of the executive committee for AfH, we have faced the same challenges that so many of us have. Meetings, conferences, social events and AGMs have transitioned to the virtual world. This has had many benefits and also some challenges. We have used the opportunity to invigorate our events programme, update our website, connect with more students through our mentoring programme, lend our voice to guidance updates and support the health care design community. As part of the events committee and with the assistance of our new programme director, we have structured a 2021 calendar to focus on two streams; leadership and community

As part of leadership stream we focus on our members and this stream offers a serious of member only events whilst our community stream is open events for all. Over the past 2 months we have had some big community events. Two in particular Designing for patient wellbeing: ideas and inspiration from the uk and Scandinavia and Beyond the brief: How can landscape be leveraged to benefit patient recovery and care? offered insight and experiences from the perspective of patient wellbeing and recovery. Just this week we had an online debate through our leadership stream Do we really need 40 new hospitals? Which had a panel of healthcare designers, trust representatives and clinicians who all discussed such wide ranging responses as hospital at home, healthcare on the high street, using our current estates and the benefits of new modern facilities. All our events are recorded and available to those who attended or registered.

In the coming months we have topics on community health and social care, our student design showcase, the zero carbon hospital as well as a presentation from one of the winners of the  European Healthcare Design awards. December will mark 30 years of Architects for Health and we are currently developing a mini programme to celebrate this milestone.

You can find information about 2 of the events mentioned above with links to videos below

Firstly,  Designing for patient wellbeing: ideas and inspiration from the UK and Scandinavia


  • Cristiana Caira – director of White Arkitekter
  • Stig Versterager Gothelf – Senior Partner 3XN
  • Teva Hasse – Head of branch CF Moller Architect

AfH Scandinavia Webinar April 2021 - YouTube

 Secondly, a joint event with the Landscape Institute

 Beyond the brief: How can landscape be leveraged to benefit patient recovery and care?

 With speakers:

  • Jane Findlay Fira & President of the Landscape Institute
  • Rolf Roscher ERZ Studio
  • Dr. Olivia Chapple Horatio’s Garden