Architecture and Society

PHG - Public health


The UIA - PHG was founded in1955 and represents members and guests from all continents from more than 60 countries.



The vision of the UIA-PHG is that world public health can profit by the dedication of architects to provide efficient, safe and aesthetic health care buildings and an environment that can contribute to a more rapid healing of the patients as well as an improvement in staff operations and satisfaction.


The UIA-PHG shares its knowledge and experience not only within the group but also to other architects, engineers and consultants, health care managers and providers, health care organizations and governments, as well as to the general public. It also initiates research projects that contribute to better health care buildings and environments.


Warren Kerr - Australia

In addition to his formal qualifications in architecture, Warren has a Masters Degree in health administration and a post-graduate diploma in project facilitation.


Warren is the National Director of the HAMES SHARLEY Health Group based in Perth Western Australia, with specific responsibilities for all the healthcare projects throughout Australia and New Zealand.

He heads the Australian Institute of Architects WA Health Architecture Committee and chairs the Special Interest Group for health facility planning and design of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.


Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Architecture Landscape & Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia. Visiting Professor (2005-12) in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, in health facility planning and design.


Member of the:

Board of the UWA Centre for the Built Environment & Health Advisory Board for the USA journal Health Environments Research & Design. Awards jury of the American Society for Critical Care Medicine,

and independent Board member of the UNSW Research Centre for Health Assets Australasia-CHAA (2005-10).


Former State and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and Former State and National Chair of the Australian Council of Built Environment Design Professions (representing all architects, engineers, quantity surveyors & project managers).


Warren was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his services to architecture and his contribution to the planning and design of major health facilities (January 2009).