Committee On Architecture for Health

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2018 Annual SES Student Health Design Competition:

Congrats to the overall winner of Health SES Student Competition - Rice University!


Resilient Design


The Houston AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Health, hosts an annual professional health and wellness event in Houston focused event in mid-February. The event is known as the Seminar, Exhibit, and Social (SES). It is an opportunity for those in the building design and construction industry (focused on health) to get together and discuss trends and the future of design in health architecture. To expand the event and open it to an emergent audience, we are sponsoring a student design competition utilizing a charrette format.

The goals for the design charrette are as follows:
● foster thoughtful design in the sub-discipline of health architecture
● introduce a new generation of designers to the professional community
● encourage dialog between the profession and the academy
● explore the relationship between health and the built environment


  • November 14 Registration open - complete registration form and return to
  • December 18 Registration deadline - accepting 5 teams only (limit 1 team per school)
  • January 5 Teams will be notified of participation
  • February 08 SES Event, Cooley Center [2:00pm – 8:00pm] - program for the competition will be provided during SES event
  • February 09 Design Competition Charette, Marek Brothers [7:00am – 8:00pm]
  • February 10 Juried Presentation, Huitt-Zollars [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Charrette Theme

Students will be tasked with providing a design solution which combines health design principles and resilient design. Each team is expected to develop an architectural scheme based upon the site and program summary which will be provided the day of the SES event. The charrette will allow students to explore some of the most pressing conceptual issues in health design including: access to health, sustainability, creating healthy environments and designs which are able to mitigate or limit damage from changing environments such as weather. Students should focus on concept ideas, as the charrette is intended to be an introduction to health design. Students should not try to “solve” the complex technical and functional issues involved in health facilities.

Click here for complete details regarding the competion.  

Click here for the registration form.  


Committee Contacts

Michael Poscovsky | Shepley Bulfinch

Whitney Warlick | Shepley Bulfinch

Fernando Rodrigues | HDR

AIA Houston Contact

Rhonda Lowe | AIA Houston