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San Francisco Health Design Insights Networking Event

When: August 26, 2020
Time: 5:15pm Pacific
Where: San Francisco, CA United States
Price: Free for Affiliate Members (log in to website)


This event was rescheduled from its original March 11, 2020 date.






What’s new in healthcare design? What’s changing? Who’s doing what and where? And what do your local colleagues think about it all?

Join us for “Research-based Innovations for Designing Staff Restorative Environments in Healthcare Facilities” with Adeleh Nejati, AIA, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP, EDAC — your chance to catch up on the latest industry buzz, connect with colleagues in a casual setting over wine and hors d’oeuvres, and still get home in time for your favorite show. 

5:15 PM – Doors Open, Wine and Hors D'Oeuvres
6:00 PM – Presentation
7:00 PM – Networking
7:30 PM – Doors Close

This event is FREE to The Center's Affiliate Members and Event Partners. Non-members can attend for a $65 donation which can later be applied towards membership. Contact Lynn Kenney for details, lkenney@healthdesign.org.



Healthcare facilities have long been suffering from high staff turnover, burnout and fatigue, with shortages of young and motivated nursing staff. Focusing on both the staff and patient experience, today’s healthcare industry is looking for innovations to improve restorative staff environments that remedy burnout and improve well-being. In addition to supporting recruitment and retention, healthier and more satisfied nursing staff can provide higher quality of care that translates to higher patient and families’ satisfaction. This session will explore and summarize empirical evidence on environmental features that foster staff restoration, including: circadian lighting, acoustics, air quality, “microbreak” opportunities, workspace design, staff break room and garden design. Also, a review of recent research will be discussed identifying barriers that prevent nurses from taking restorative breaks. Qualitative results will be presented from a national survey of 1000 medical-surgical nurses. The presenter, a healthcare architect and researcher, will discuss the value of specific break-related policy and design interventions from program and project examples, domestic and international, local and enterprise wide.


Event Venue:

One Workplace
475 Brannan St, # 210
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the impact of physical, emotional and social stressors on nurses, and nursing performance and clinical outcomes
  • Explore and learn from existing literature and evidence-based design findings that reveal the pressing need for design interventions to improve working conditions and promote restoration for nurses
  • Learn about the critical success factors for engaging and integrating restoration practices in the culture of nursing from one of the leading health systems in California
  • Identify design interventions to promote clinician restoration across the spectrum and the care continuum; from innovation, design, and practice in private and public, indoor and outdoor settings


Presenting Faculty

Adeleh Nejati, AIA, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP, EDAC
Healthcare Architect and Researcher
HMC Architects

Adeleh Nejati is a healthcare planner and researcher with HMC Architects in San Francisco, CA. Adeleh brings a wealth of industry-leading experience and a unique skillset rooted in advanced research, innovation, and genuine knowledge of healthcare clients’ key drivers and business challenges. Her doctoral dissertation on design of staff respite areas in hospital is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals receiving awards from International Academy for Design and Health, and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Adeleh previously worked as a healthcare planner and researcher at HOK and HKS as well as the Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE).