Join ACHA for the third Town Hall of 2022!  Catch up with colleagues from across the country for a College update and to discuss the latest in healthcare design and planning innovation. There will be meetings on both December 7th and 8th.

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​The American College of Healthcare Architects has announced the election of Steve Templet, AIA, ACHA of Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects as the 2022 President of the Board of Regents.  Steve assumes this role as of January 1, 2022 and succeeds 2021 President Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA. Clyde “Ted” Moore III, AIA, ACHA, LEED BD+C of FreemanWhite (a Haskell Company) has been named 2022 President-Elect of the Board of Regents. In addition, Jocelyn Frederick, FAIA, ACHA. LEED AP, and Deborah Smith, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD&C, have joined the Board of Regents.

As we near the end of 2021, we pause, reflect, and celebrate about aspirations and accomplishments. We’ve had a record number of certificants, more engagement from our existing certificants than ever before, more programs and initiatives, and more recognition from outside organizations of our thought leadership. We also used this year to develop a Strategic plan for the next five years and your Board of Regents dreamed big! We’re very excited to see where our reinvigorated committees and new task forces will take us in 2022 and beyond.

One of the most powerful “future looks bright” moments was during our annual luncheon when each of the eight Herman Miller scholars made it a point to express how excited they were to have been invited. These young healthcare architects (and those working toward licensure) are not only aware of our organization but view it as a career milestone to become certified. We cannot lose sight of the value of certification as we wade through the day-to-day experience of our work. It was refreshing to see through new eyes just how esteemed our organization and you, our certificants really are. WE ARE THE GOLD STANDARD. So much so, that our biggest challenge is demystifying the process so it feels accessible.

A few end of year highlights:

  • Look for video interviews of certificants releasing over the next few weeks to hear your colleagues’ perspective on things
  • The second segment of our Masters Series 2.0 on public health is now available for viewing on our YouTube Channel and we are excitedly looking forward to more upcoming topics and College Certificant speakers in 2022.
  • Certificant challenge: Please think of at least two candidates for certification and talk with them about the process. Send their names in to Emily Brochstein, our Executive director so that we can continue to follow up and make them aware of resources to assist them.
  • The Veterans Administration (VA) Construction and Facilities Management (CFM) has invited ACHA to help them streamline their process. Our newly formed VA Task Force will be partnering with this major national government organization to develop strategies on delivering better results, more efficiently, and with reasonable costs.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award Task force is actively working on recommendations to create more diversity in applicants and jury while ensuring that those awarded emphasize the value of ACHA certification.
  • We are in talks with ACHE to jointly offer the Legacy Project Award. This one has been on the shelf for a few years and we hope to bring it back in a way that celebrates the contribution of ACHA Architects and visionary administrators and facility managers in healthcare.
  • It was a joy and relief to finally able to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and make new friends in Cleveland in October at HCD – our first large national in-person Healthcare Conference since November 2019 in New Orleans was a wonderful way to end the year and feel positive for 2022.

It has been an exhilarating year and we know that your incoming Board is going to continue this momentum into 2022. Using the strategic vision discussed this past summer, we feel the College is poised for exciting growth over the next several years as we focus on growing both our candidate program and the value of certification both personally and industry-wide for each of us.

Please take time to reflect on what this year has meant for you and let’s celebrate those accomplishments together!  Share your stories on our LinkedIn group page.  Please also contact us if you are interested in being more involved in any of our committees or task forces- we welcome your involvement. And looking ahead in the next few months, we can’t wait to see everyone again this year in New Orleans in March for PDC and Chicago in July for SLS.  Happy holidays and wishing you an amazing 2022!

Angela Mazzi & Steve Templet

2021 ACHA President & 2022 ACHA President

It’s hard to believe we are most of the way through this year! We are on target with meeting and even ‎exceeding our targets with many of our initiatives. We recently completed our Strategic plan and will ‎be working to begin implementing it through the work of committees and task forces in the coming ‎year. We will celebrate our newest Fellow and new Certificants, as well as our diversity as an ‎organization at our annual luncheon later this month. However, as we look back at Q3, let’s ‎acknowledge the following wins:‎

• The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has agreed to publish the first of what ‎we hope will be a series of blog posts written by ACHA on their website and promote them in ‎their publications. The initial article will cover acoustics in healthcare settings. The articles will ‎be attributed to ACHA and be written by groups of individuals to promote the expertise of our ‎organization.‎

• ACHE was so intrigued by our Future of Healthcare Task Force report that they invited us to do ‎a presentation on a portion of it at their Annual Congress in March. We hope to have this be ‎the first of sessions we present and group them as an Executive Series by ACHA.‎

• ASHE has formed a joint Task Force with us to write the third edition of our Introduction to ‎Health Care Planning, Design and Construction handbook. This will be the second book in our ‎new nine-book Health Care Facilities Management Handbook Series. Six Certificants will join ‎ASHE and Joint Commission volunteers to complete this effort and will be reviewing chapters ‎based on areas of expertise.‎

• We had a great introductory call with Dr. Michael D. Brennan, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB the Executive ‎Director, Construction and Facilities Management for the VA. Dr. Brennan is very interested in ‎engaging more clinicians in the design process, getting more of his architectural staff ACHA ‎certified. He’s also interested in incorporating more elements of Lean, Evidence Based Design ‎and Wellness into projects. We will be discussing implementation in future meetings.‎

• The Masters Series 2.0 has officially launched our first session, Shifting to Comprehensive Care ‎is available for viewing here. Session two, Healthcare’s Response to Health will record in ‎October. The intent is to feature three certificants who specialize in a healthcare area of focus ‎as panelists. Unlike our previous version of the Masters Series which was about providing high ‎level education to our Certificants, 2.0 is outward focused and positions our certificants as the ‎experts. ‎

• A record number of people took and passed the exam this year. Because we are piloting the ‎option to submit the portfolio after testing, we do not yet know the total number of ‎certificants we will gain in 2021, but we anticipate this to be a slightly higher number than last ‎year.

• The Communications Committee has continued to profile certificants so that you can get to ‎know one another better. Please reach out to those profiled to introduce yourself or share a ‎common interest. We also have been regularly sharing accomplishments on our LinkedIn ‎Group and Twitter. Connect with ACHA and join in the discussions!‎

• The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDI+SJ) task force completed work and the Board approved its recommendations in ‎August. These recommendations will be used as we evaluate award criteria, committee work ‎and initiatives. You can download a copy of the report here.‎

• Our Third Town hall took place in August. We hope you are enjoying these quarterly virtual ‎news and networking sessions and plan to continue them in 2022.‎

I would also welcome your feedback on ACHA certification and being a healthcare architect. Please fill out this quick two question poll to share your thoughts.

I hope to see many of you in person in Cleveland. For those who aren’t able to make the trip, look for ‎recorded segments to be available on our website. I also hope that if you are not already involved in ‎committee or task force work that you will consider volunteering next year. We are doing meaningful ‎work that is having an impact and welcome your contribution. As you can see from this letter, we are ‎up to great things as an organization and would love to have you be part of what makes them happen.

​​ACHA recently surveyed its certificants, fellows, candidates and applicants in an effort to reveal their insights on the future of healthcare architecture and the role of design in the COVID-19 healthcare crisis.

Click here for more information.

​The American College of Healthcare Architects has announced the election of Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA as the 2021 President of the Board of Regents.  Angela assumes this role as of January 1, 2021 and succeeds 2020 President Vince Avallone, AIA, ACHA. Steve Templet, AIA, ACHA of Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects has been named 2021 President-Elect of the Board of Regents. In addition, Dan Delk, AIA, ACHA, and Ann Adams, AIA, ACHA, have joined the Board of Regents.

The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has announced its Class of 2020 Fellows, who were elevated to Fellow status in the College at the 2020 Annual Meeting:

  • Abigail Clary
  • William Ayars

The Council of Fellows was founded to advance the unique qualities of the profession of healthcare architecture by demonstrating and celebrating achievements of national significance. Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a certificant of The American College of Healthcare Architects, who has shown distinction in fulfilling one specific Category of Nomination of their work and has demonstrated a nominee’s individual impact in healthcare facility architecture.

While there are nearly 400 colleagues in the United States and Canada who are ACHA board certified healthcare architects, there are only 49 ACHA Fellows as designated by the credential FACHA.