2017 SAR Architecture for Health

Chautauqua 8.0 on Regional Healthcare

South Atlantic Region

Building Trust Through Collaborative Project Delivery


This year’s AIA Academy of Architecture for Health conference will be held on Friday, August 25th at the Academy of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Eighth Annual Architecture + Health Chautauqua is supported by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), a knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). this unique one-day conference attracts healthcare architects, engineers and designers, health system representatives, and select suppliers to engage in dialogue about the latest, relevant trends in the healthcare design profession.

Join us for a half-day-trust-building WORKSHOP on August 26, 2017 at the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction. Sponsored by Architecture + Construction Alliance.

For the first time, this regional conference has partnered with the Architecture + Construction Alliance to focus on the important topic of project delivery. It is our hope that Industry and Academia can learn from each other and help identify the areas of the most needed and relevant research and education for developing Trust-Building Tools while encouraging and advancing Collaborative Project Delivery within the Healthcare Industry at large.

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About the AAH

AIA Academy of Architecture for Health

The AAH mission is to improve both the quality of healthcare design and the design of healthy communities by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating design practitioners and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of architecture; and affiliating and advocating with others that share these priorities.

The AAH mission is to improve both the quality of healthcare design and the design of healthy communities by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating design practitioners and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of architecture; and affiliating and advocating with others that share these priorities.

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The Academy Journal is a publication of the Academy of Architecture for Healthcare. We explore subjects of interest to AIA-AAH members and others involved in healthcare architecture, planning, designing, and construction. Our goal is to promote awareness, educational exchange, and advancement of our overall project-delivery process and building products.

AIA AAH offers local chapters wanting to start an AAH committee the tools to help establish a committee and a network of successful local groups from which to draw ideas and inspiration.

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The Mission of the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation is support the Academy of Architecture for Health and to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of those who create healthcare environments through the funding of critical educational and research activities.

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The AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research. The awards highlight the trends of healthcare facilities and the future direction of these facilities. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. The AIA/AAH will recognize firms for their contribution to the healthcare environment.

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About the Chautauqua Movement

The Chautauqua Movement sought to bring learning, culture and, later, entertainment to the small towns and villages of America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Pre-Civil War roots of the effort existed in the lyceum movement, which paid prominent personalities handsomely to give speeches on religious, political and scientific topics to gatherings in the hinterlands. This was an approach to adult education that underscored the values of an era in which common people were expected to stay close to job and family. Enlightenment, if any, had to be taken to them. Travel and vacations were the preserves of the wealthy.

Social changes occurring in post-war America included the emerging democratization of education. On the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York, an assembly was held between August 4 and 18, 1874. The organizers were John H. Vincent, secretary of the Methodist Sunday School and later bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Lewis Miller, an Akron, Ohio businessman. The original intent was provide an pleasant setting in which to train Sunday school teachers in all Protestant denominations. Eight-week sessions were staged each summer and were later opened to the general public. Within a few years, the idea had been extended to include lectures, discussions, home readings, which recalled the Lyceum movement. Headliners such as Mark Twain and William Jennings Bryan attracted huge throngs, and all of the presidents from Grant through McKinley made appearances.

Originally called the Chautauqua Sunday School Assembly, the range of subjects grew apace. Additions included Hebrew and Greek in 1875, English literature in 1876, French and German in 1878. In 1878, William Rainey Harper, a prominent educator of the day, developed a home study program known as the Literary and Scientific Circle for those who could not attend the summer sessions. Around 7000 people took part in the first year. Local reading groups formed in communities throughout the nation to discuss the leading issues of the day. Later, a formal correspondence school was established, which provided certification for those who completed the rigorous studies and passed examinations. At its zenith, the Chautauqua officials also operated a large publishing house and a theological school.

As the years passed, more emphasis was placed on singing groups, oompah bands, theatrical presentations and magic lantern shows. The advent of the railroads and their cheap fares had made it possible for working-class families to attend the sessions. The Chautauqua gatherings became a blend of a county fair and revival meeting. By the turn of the century, many communities had formed their own “chautauquas,” unrelated to the New York institution, that paid lecturers and performers to participate in their local events.

Following World War I, the availability of automobiles, radio programming and motion pictures eroded the Chautauqua Movement`s appeal. Annual attendance had remained around 45,000 at the general assembly each year between 1924 and 1932, after which attendance fell of sharply due to the Great Depression. Television was a further challenge. Independent local activities died out, but the national organization has continued on a reduced scale to the present day.

The traveling Chautauqua was our inspiration and they were usually held in the summer in tents or in the shade of a grove of trees, etcetera – so we are metaphorically “under a tree of knowledge for the shade and shelter of collegiality, dialogue, and education” or we are “the Academy under one of the trees in Plato’s Garden” – all good illusions to what we are all about!

There is a newly formed Chautauqua in Greenville, SC
Lithia Springs Chautauqua
Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter helped regenerate one in Plains
DeFuniak Springs, Florida was the centerpiece of the Southern Chautuaquas