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Healthcare Facilities
Healthcare Facilities

“By designing facilities that promote healing, advance discovery, and support strategic and operational goals, architects can play a vital role in helping healthcare institutions not only meet the challenges they face today, but also position themselves for tomorrow.”
Richard L. Kobus, FAIA, FACHA

Originally part of Wiley’s “Building Type Basics” series founded by Stephen A. Kliment, NCARB’s Healthcare Facilities monograph is divided into four informative chapters. The first chapter, “Prospective,” offers a wide-ranging assessment of the healthcare field today from the point of view of both the architect and the provider. “Ancillary Departments” examines three hospital departments from the perspective of space and interface demands: administrative, diagnostic, and logistical support. “Inpatient Care Facilities” takes up the issues of planning and designing patient rooms, nursing units, and an array of technical components, including mechanical, electrical, lighting, and retrofitting. The last chapter, “Ambulatory Care Facilities,” uses a series of case studies to focus on the wide scope of patient services most ambulatory care departments must provide in limited space.


  • Addresses 20 key questions that arise when launching a healthcare facility design project
  • Offers insight from leaders in the industry based on their own design experience
  • Provides hundreds of project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details


Richard L. Kobus, FAIA, is a principal at Tsoi/Kobus &Associates in Cambridge, MA, a firm specializing in health care, higher education, and research and development.

Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, is chairman of HKS, Inc., in Dallas and has served as national president of the American Institute of Architects. HKS is consistently ranked as one of the top healthcare architecture firms in the United States.

Michael Bobrow and Julia Thomas are principals of Bobrow/Thomas and Associates, Los Angeles. Their work focuses on prototypical and socially significant projects, with an emphasis in the areas of healthcare and higher education.

Thomas M. Payette, FAIA, RIBA, is a principal and chairman of the board for Payette Associates Inc., Boston. He has extensive experience creating healthcare, academic, and corporate environments.

Sho-Ping Chin, AIA, LEED® AP, is principal of Payette Associates Inc., Boston.

Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, was the editor of Healthcare Facilities. An architectural journalist and adjunct professor at the City College of New York, Kliment served as chief editor of Architectural Record from 1990 to 1996.

Continuing Education and Cost Information
Monograph and Quiz:
14 CEHs in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)
NCARB Certificate holders: FREE
Non-NCARB Certificate holders: $200 
368 pages
Published 2008

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