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Webinar: Lighting Design for Behavioral Health Environments

When: October 10, 2019
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


Behavioral health facilities often carry the stigma of a "scary psychiatric ward" with padded walls and caged lighting, appearing more like a penitentiary than a home or clinic. We are surrounded by inaccurate portrayals of mental illness with negative connotations, in various media. Fortunately, that is changing. Equipment, finishes, architectural details, lighting, planning, and facilities are expanding and growing to adapt to current population needs. Behavioral health design is honing focus to incorporate residential health and wellbeing strategies into these environments to yield more human-centric qualities (with intended better outcomes for residents). Lighting plays a critical role to evoke these feelings. However, in a healthcare environment, luminaires must still adhere to stringent design guidelines such as ligature and impact on resistance attributes. In this webinar, two lighting experts will address innovative behavioral health lighting design strategies, review case studies and current research, and offer how you can adapt lessons learned to provide friendlier environments for residents, staff and families.


Learning Objectives

  • Examine the details of different project types and the specific design needs for behavioral health environments.

  • Review standard lighting codes and guidelines surrounding behavioral health

  • Apply lessons learned from a select project case study and identify design interventions gleaned from current articles and design research.

  • Provide typical lighting design strategies in various behavioral healthcare settings.


Presenting Faculty

Lauren Schwade, Senior Lighting Designer, Mazzetti

Lauren is a Senior Lighting Designer, specializing in Healthcare. She has more than 13 years of experience with a portfolio of notable clients and facilities such as Kaiser Permanente, Cooper Cancer Center and NYU Langone. Lauren is a key member of Mazzetti’s Lighting Studio, she is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lauren is passionate and committed to delivering lighting solutions that meet patient, family, and staff needs, ensuring an environment that is fully conducive to health and healing. Lauren is LC and EDAC certified and participates on the IES Healthcare Committee, helping develop industry standards. She monitors the latest advancements in circadian lighting design and provides solutions that maximize energy efficiency and minimize environmental impact.


Mark de la Fuente, Senior Lighting Designer and Professional (Electrical) Engineer at Mazzetti

Mark de la Fuente is a Senior Lighting Designer and Professional (Electrical) Engineer at Mazzetti, based in St. Louis. Mark uniquely couples artistic design with technical implementation on his projects, including award-winning interior and exterior lighting projects. In Mark’s 20+ years of experience, he has designed for a variety of building and project types including educational, penitentiary, commercial, cultural, and healthcare facilities.

In his role at Mazzetti, Mark leads projects from schematic design, thru construction documents and construction administration, coordinating with Mazzetti’s Lighting Design Studio as appropriate. Mark has a BS ARCE from the University of Kansas and is a past president of the IES St. Louis chapter.