“Most architects get into healthcare almost by accident. Social and public sector projects were never given the kind of care and attention in teaching. So architects have to learn by doing – a significant hurdle not helped by the fact that hospitals are one of the most complex building types to design.”

Says Sunand Prasad, Principal of Penoyre & Prasad, in Sumita Singha’s new book ‘Future Healthcare Design‘, published by RIBA Publishing, January 2020.

The book explores the history and future of healthcare provision around the globe and provides practical guidance on delivery, procurement and design. It includes a range of innovative designs using contributions from architects, healthcare research organisations, healthcare service providers and clinicians to inspire high-quality healthcare design.

Four Penoyre & Prasad healthcare projects are featured: New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City; Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre¬†in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London; Heart of Hounslow¬†in West London, and the Children’s Eye Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Sumita Singha is an architect, academic and author, and founding Director of design practice Eco=logic.