Welcome to the Academy of
Architecture for Health Foundation
The past couple of years have been all but revolutionary for the AAH Foundation. Through the thoughtful leadership of Frank Zilm, FAIA, FACA, PHD the foundation has been able to significantly raise our ability to provide funding for research activities that directly relate to our healthcare design practices.
I was pleased to be part of this effort that also included the start of our Legacy Fundraising program. The idea is to create an endowed fundraising source that can perpetuate the research activities of our organization. Our goal is to initially raise $1,000,000. Numerous individuals have helped out this effort by contributing over $500,000 in current or deferred gifts.
Without the generous contributions of such folks as Joe Sprague, Don McKahan, Frank Zilm, Ralph Hawkins, Dan Noble, Ron Grover, Corlett Orr, Ron Skaggs, Robert Douglass, Kurt Rochstroh, Tom Harvey, Bob Walker, Charles Griffin, Antonio Amandio and Charles Latimer the AAHF would not be in position to almost double our previous major research imitative.
Our largest study to date that will be developed over the next 2 years is a Joint research initiative with the Emergency Medical Foundation. The two year $80,000 research study will join clinicians and architects to study the built environment on operational outcomes.
Also new this year are two scholarships. The Armand Burgan Scholarship sponsored by Joe Sprague and the GMZ (Griffin McKahan Zilm) Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design.
While these efforts are tremendously exciting there are significant challenges ahead with our fundraising efforts. Without the willingness of individuals and firms to step up and support what the Academy of Architecture for Health Research Committee and the Foundation have identified as the areas in need of research that impacts our healthcare design world, this would not be possible.
To make the research impactful we will need your continued support. I hope that if you receive a call or email from Ralph Hawkins, Frank Zilm or I, that you will find the openness to allow us to discuss with you the value that supporting the AAHF can provide to you and our profession.
We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. I hope that you will find a way to be a special part of our future to provide research that will positively support better healthcare environments while at the same time helping to grow the next generation of healthcare leaders.
Charles H. Griffin | FAIA, FACHA, EDAC
2017 President, Academy of Architecture for Health