Susan Francis

Susan Francis3rd March 1952 – 29th April 2017
B.A., A.A. Dip., MARCA, AfH Programme Director

It is with great sadness and a huge sense of loss that we announce the peaceful death of Susan Francis on Saturday 29th April 2017.
Susan has been involved with Architects for Health since its beginnings, and more recently has been its Programme Director. Her contribution to the great success that AfH, the AfH Student Awards and the European Healthcare Design Congress currently have has been profound. She will be so greatly missed.

Obituary – written by John Cooper, director of healthcare specialist John Cooper Architecture

Our mission

Architects for Health (AfH) believes that the spaces of healthcare have an important effect on the well-being of patients, their friends and families, and that good design can positively influence patient outcomes.

We work to bring about well-designed and restorative health facilities, through enabling conditions for this change, both through our membership and with wider health institutions and communities.

By sharing ideas, experiences and examples, we are building knowledge networks that inform and support the future design of high-quality healthcare environments.
Find out more about us.

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AfH has a current membership of about 500 people who share our values across healthcare planning, design, and delivery. Become a member and get access to this expanding network.

Other benefits include early-bird access to events, information exchange and collaboration, CPD opportunities and support for ideas for AfH activities and projects.


AfH @ IHEEM CONFERENCE 10-11 October 2017
HCE1736_Banner_G_350(w)x250(h)_11AfH will be exhibiting member projects on our stand at this year’s IHEEM conference which will take place on 10-11 October in Manchester. The stand is bigger than ever this year, providing a great networking base and opportunity to promote our Members and their schemes – Submission of member’s projects
Come and visit us on stand G11. VIP status is awarded to all NHS employees, members of Architects for Health and IHEEM members. To register please visit http://www.healthcare-estates.com/vip-scheme/


Healthcare design guidance – mainly Health Building Notes and Health Technical Memoranda – are a vital part of health facility design but this guidance is now increasingly out of date and suffering from lack of recent investment.

Architects for Health have taken the initiative and held an industry-wide Round Table in late 2016 to debate the future of guidance.

  • The conclusions and recommendations from the Round Table were wide-ranging and the full report can be viewed here
  • AfH were also asked to conduct a survey across the industry and all who use or have used design guidance are invited to take the survey here


Expert Advice sought
AfH has had a request from a third year student at Oxford Brookes University. He is writing a dissertation entitled “What does well-being mean in Healthcare Developments today?”
Is any member of AfH able to meet this student for a coffee and a chat for a discussion on healthcare design?
If you are interested please let us know via General Enquiries on our Contact page.

Student Design Awards 2018

Student Design AwardsThe Student Design Awards 2018 – more information to follow soon!
The AfH Student Design Awards challenge students of architecture and design to explore innovative and compassionate design for health and social care settings.

Previous events

EHD 2017

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Organised by Architects for Health with SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange
To book your place at Congress – register here.
The Preliminary Programme has been published – available here.
For more information…