Committee on Architecture for Health

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AIA Houston SES Student Charrette

Technology and the Patient Environment


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
● 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
  • January 5 Universities will be notified of participation
  • February 11 Skype Meet and Greet
  • February 27 Check-In and SES Event [2:30pm – 8:00pm]
  • February 28 Charette [7:00am – 8:00pm]
  • February 29 Juried Presentation [8:00am – 1:00pm]


Charrette Overview

Students will be tasked with providing a design solution which addresses the role of technology in 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 healthcare: creating environments to support health, promote well-being, and incorporating the rapidly-changing technology in healthcare. 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.