HDR Awarded Top Prize for Futuristic Mobile Hospital Design

HDR Awarded Top Prize for Futuristic Mobile Hospital Design

Innovative ‘Mobile Acute Services Hospital’ multi-pod solution places first in Healthcare Design’s conceptual “Breaking Through” competition tasked with anticipating the future of healthcare delivery.

An Australian-based multinational team from HDR took home this year’s ‘Breaking Through’ prize at the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

An elite jury of industry professionals had shortlisted the team's Mobile Acute Services Hospital (MASH) project this past August from among 43 entries.

The MASH design team of four consisted of architects Romina Triboli Pisi, Margot Cougul, Mira Ebaf and Ben Belson. Their advisors Alan Boswell, Alessandro Filippi and Ronald Hicks supported the team on their exciting design journey.

“I have always asked myself how I can contribute more as an architect,” says MASH designer Ebaf. “And that’s why I am really glad that I was part of the MASH team because we all wanted to find a way to do things better and help save lives.”


Triboli Pisi said “We had a strong concept from the beginning and we all believed as a team that we wanted to create a flying hospital.”

Described by Belson as “a beacon of hope”, the team’s winning design envisages a system of pods that can be deployed in response to natural or man-made catastrophic events.

In their design approach, the team embraced current and future technologies with the aim of improving humanitarian assistance. The result was an efficient and highly-mobile system that has the ability to grow and assemble in the different ways required to respond as quickly and as flexibly as possible to different catastrophes across a variety of settings.

“Technology and architecture can help respond to different types of emergencies,” says Cougul. “MASH is an example of a solution that can quickly help people in need. And we don’t have something like that now.”


HDR Principal and National Director of Health in Australia Ronald Hicks commended the team on this achievement, emphasizing the importance of providing upcoming talents with opportunities to tap into their creativity.

“I am proud of all the members of the MASH team and hope this recognition inspires them to further explore innovative ideas for such timely and important issues,” said Hicks.

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