MAAP is a global architecture, urban design, and health planning practice.
Based in Sydney, we work across Australia and have recently completed projects in the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Jordan, Pakistan and Qatar.
We are knowledge leaders in the design of acute and mental health facilities and have made significant contributions to both foundational research and built projects.
Our work has been recognised by some of the most respected healthcare and architectural design institutions.
We work exclusively in the health and care sector. Our sector-focused approach helps us achieve excellent design outcomes and our projects regularly receive awards acknowledging our imaginative approach combining theory and practice.
We have over 30 years of experience masterplanning sites, designing buildings, and evaluating completed projects. We have accumulated a significant knowledge base devoted to all types of healthcare facilities.
Research and Innovation
We are committed to continually improving outcomes by leading research commissions and applying evidence-based findings to our projects. We frequently collaborate with leading international research partners and regularly undertake studies on the design of health facilities to inform future projects.
We have consistently challenged the accepted orthodoxy of the deep plan hospital typology as an appropriate physical environment for treatment and care. Essentially we believe that hospitals benefit holistically from better environments, meaning better air quality, less noise pollution, more natural light, quality aesthetics, improved views and more domestic and human-scaled environments for patients, staff and visitors.
We often work with complex client and stakeholder organisations, including multiple agencies and tiers of services. We use a variety of “visioning” and participation tools to understand operational and workforce issues. Our staff have personally spent many hours visiting inpatient units and connecting with the service users and service providers to understand their needs.
What makes us MAAP
In addition to architecture and urban design, we regularly provide government and private clients with independent peer review, strategic advice and international benchmarking research. Recent clients & partners include:
Clients & Partners
Our projects benefit from advanced Building Information Model (BIM) workflows. We use industry-standard modelling and database software to design and document highly detailed health planning and building information. Some benefits include improved collaboration with stakeholders, consultants and contractors; enhanced visualisation of 3D models; accurate documentation; “fit first time” support for off-site fabrication; and exceptional information quality at handover.
Research by Design
MAAP was originally established in the UK in 1991 out of the Live Projects Section of the Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU) at London South Bank University.
MARU has a strong reputation integrating design, education and research into its course on Health Facility Planning which has attracted post-graduate students from all over the world.
Low carbon impact design is an integral feature of our approach. Projects are interwoven with sustainable design principles such as the provision of natural light and ventilation; selection of building typologies that create protective microclimates; selection of sustainable materials; integration of landscape for mitigation of heat island effects and pollution; and water-sensitive urban design.