Committee on Architecture for Health

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2019 Student Competition

Behavioral Health


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



*Note times and locations are subject to change.

  • October 24 Registration open - complete registration form and return to
  • December 7 Registration deadline - accepting 6 Universities
  • January 5 Universities will be notified of participation
  • February 21 Check-In and SES Event [12:00pm – 8:00pm] - program for the charrette to be provided
  • during SES event
  • February 22 Charette [7:00am – 8:00pm]
  • February 23 Juried Presentation [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Charrette Theme

Students will be tasked with providing a design solution which addresses the health and wellbeing of communities. 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 behavioral health including: creating environments to support health, promote well-being, and foster resiliency among the individuals within the community. 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.