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.

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.

Join us!

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.


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and Health Technical Memoranda – are a vital part of health facility design but this guidance is now increasingly out of date and suffering from lack of recent investment.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


Healthcare Architect Needed for New Hospital in Georgia
We have had an enquiry from a German-Georgian construction company based in Tbilisi, searching for a strategic partner for the planning and design of a new hospital in Georgia.
For more information…

Student Design Awards 2017

Student Design AwardsThe Student Design Awards 2017 winners have been announced!
The AfH Student Design Awards challenge students of architecture and design to explore innovative and compassionate design for health and social care settings.


AfH @ IHEEM CONFERENCE 10-11 October 2017
HCE1736_Banner_G_350(w)x250(h)_11AfH members receive the same discount as IHEEM members and the ‘Early bird’ discount runs until 31 July 2017.

Please visit http://www.healthcare-estates.com/delegate-rates/

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…



AfH AGM 2017 23 Feb 6-9pm at RIBA
A short AGM Business Meeting including an announcement about the Draeger VisMed Roundtable for Visionary Medical Workplaces.

Followed by the Phil Gusack Talk – Our speaker this year will be Dr Patricia Oakley Director of Practices Made Perfect Ltd with a presentation on – “Do we need a new asset class? Will integrated care centres do the trick?
Click here to read a write up of Dr Oakley’s presentation…