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Designing the Future

I continue to be inspired by many of you. While the world has been facing some very difficult issues, our industry has, as usual, already begun the hard work of addressing these challenges.

As we all continue to plan the future of architecture and design, I have seen many of our members tackling the current challenges from both a holistic view — how we inhabit buildings and move through space — and a pragmatic view what products and designs will address immediate issues. 

Many are discovering that it doesn't benefit anyone if we work in isolation. Success comes from including many disciplines from the start of the project, and approaching projects not just as problems to be solved with concrete, steel and glass, but as social problems that demand more holistic solutions. One way to address what we need now and in the future is to understand everything we know at this moment in time. Kind of an impossible task, but The Center is here to help.

From our numerous toolboxes to our Knowledge Repository, there are many resources to help you employ the best practices in your projects. We've also made available three "Voices of the Industry" webinars that include top industry leaders from healthcare, architecture, design and government who examine COVID-19 and the built environment. You can find these and other recent webinars here. And, of course, our four upcoming virtual workshops provide even more breadth and depth on the topics of pediatric, telemedicine, behavioral health and healthy aging design.

Our world today demands that we look at the challenges ahead with a more holistic view. I believe we are ready for that challenge.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Behavioral and Mental Health Resources   

The challenges created by today’s growing mental health and substance abuse crises, especially in light of the recent pandemic, reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into emergency departments, outpatient clinics and throughout acute and ambulatory care settings.

To assist healthcare organizations, architects, designers, suppliers and others involved in the planning, design and construction of healthcare spaces, The Center has created a Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox containing a library of newly-created and Center staff-curated content - research findings, expert insights, strategies, tools, and other useful resources. This toolbox is open and free to all thanks to our sponsor partners.

Access the Behavioral and Mental Health Toolbox here.

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Free Tools & Resources

Issue Brief: Memory Care: the lntersection of Aging and Mental Health 

This issue brief explores the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, including those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how thoughtful design can reduce stress associated with declining physical abilities, memory loss, and care provision.It is important to understand the changes associated with normal aging, as well as the changes common to dementia. The built environment can reduce the stresses associated with declining physical abilities, memory loss, and care provision.


Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

9/10,Webinar: Caring for the Caregiver: Understanding the Role of Culture and the Built Environment on Nurse Respite

9/16, Virtual Workshop: Pediatric Strategic Design Workshop 

9/22, Virtual Workshop: Telemedicine: The Genie's Out of the Bottle

9/23, Virtual Workshop: Behavioral Health Strategic Design 

9/25, EDAC Exam Online Study Session

9/30, Virtual Workshop: Design for Healthy Aging:Solutions Across the Continuum of Care


Classic Resources

Slidecast: Isolation or Interaction: Healthcare Provider Experience of Design Change

While the role of the built environment is often overlooked in sociology, van Heuvelen examined the role of the environment as a mediator of organizational culture. This ethnographic study draws on sociology and an "inhabited institutionalist" theoretical framework to assess the staff experience of adjusting to the move from an open-bay to a single family room NICU. 

Interactive Design Diagrams

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person’s home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. This set of interactive diagrams provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes – in a visually intuitive and actionable format.




September WorkshopsSeptember Workshops

emerging policies, new design strategies
4 Workshops That Address Today's Challenges

The world is changing quickly. And, so are the challenges facing healthcare design. We're bringing together the industry-leading experts who will present the challenges facing telemedicine, pediatric, behavioral health, and residential environment design and architecture. Join us to problem-solve with the experts and learn about the latest design interventions that create high-quality, high-tech and uplifting environments.  

Join us for one, two, three or all four days!


Thanks to our sponsor partners



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Kingsway Group


Behavorial Safety

Industry News Briefs

The Evolution of Healthcare and Technology in the "Hospital of Tomorrow"


Gone are the days when the delivery of healthcare was confined to the four walls of a hospital. Mayo Clinic is launching its own “hospital at home” model and has autonomous vehicles delivering Covid-19 tests. Maccabi Healthcare Services in Israel plans to deploy an AI system that can identify people at risk of developing Covid-19 complications. Simply put, the “hospital of tomorrow” will look quite different than the one to which we’re all accustomed.
MedCity News,

Mosaics for Morale: Colorful Murals Designed to Brighten Healthcare Facilities 

The healthcare industry has come a long way over the last century, evolving from a rudimentary practice to the modern medicine we have access to today. In recent years, this dedication to innovation has moved beyond improvements in healthcare technology to also encompass enhancements in the designs of waiting areas and patient rooms. Tasked with being universally applicable to any patient, regardless of age or ailment, waiting and care rooms were often outfitted in stark whites. Driven largely by safety and efficiency, little attention was paid to the psychological impact of the palettes and materials used in healthcare spaces for much of the 20th century.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Design Considerations By A Nurse/Interior Designer for Healthcare Facilities

As an industry dedicated to promoting wellness and healing, healthcare should be the leader in innovative design solutions for employees who call a healthcare setting their workplace. Research for how the built environment impacts workers should inform any project within a health system, knowing the impact staff has on HCAHPS, reimbursements and the patient experience. Combining evidence-based design and drawing from my own experience as a nurse, working in various healthcare settings, I’ve detailed easy-to-implement recommendations to consider for staff work areas and breakrooms.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Opportunities on the Horizon to Expand Telehealth 


For years, this industry has been talking about how telemedicine was going to move a significant amount of outpatient care from the traditional healthcare setting into a “care anywhere” model. Discussions considered the impact that an uptick in telemedicine would have on access to care and care delivery and how this would affect the buildings where healthcare is delivered. Yet, over all of these years, only incremental progress was made to truly incorporate telemedicine into practice. There were constant hurdles, ranging from regulations to reimbursement to the comfort level of patients and care teams adapting to a new way of doing things. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and, overnight, mountains were moved.
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The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Learn more. For information about sponsor or partnership opportunities, contact our VP of Relationship Development, Randy Carter


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