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Behavioral & Mental Health: Design for Complexity, Flexibility, and Equity Workshop

When: May 20, 2021
Time: 8:00am Pacific
What: Agenda
Price: FREE

Workshop Hours: 

8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET - 
1:30 PM PT / 4:30 PM PT

4.5 CEUs


To become an event sponsor/partner, 
contact Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org
(541) 965-1922


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 support improved care and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of the environments impact on behavioral health care and learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout all healthcare setting. 

This virtual workshop provides the latest in design thinking for behavioral health care and settings and offers state-of-the-art best practices through thought leader presentations, case studies, and panel discussions. Attendees will have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty and interact with fellow attendees in fun and innovative ways. 


Learning Objectives

  • Learn about trends in behavioral health and design and how a holistic, universally designed approach can advance health and wellness and address inequities in care.
  • Examine the safety needs of patients and staff in behavioral health settings and how various design strategies and details can balance safety with the patients’ need for autonomy and well-being.
  • Appreciate the inherent challenges in treating behavioral health patients who also have other physical diagnoses and explore designed settings that facilitate care for co-morbidities.
  • Understand the value of outdoor settings in behavioral healthcare and discuss design strategies to enable those setting experiences, both inside and out.


Presenting Faculty


Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC
Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design




Marguerite Pedley, PhD
Senior Vice President
Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health





D. Kirk Hamilton, PhD, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC
Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design
College of Architecture, Texas A&M University





Stefan Lundin
White Arkitekter





Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, FACHA, OAA





Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC
Research Associate
The Center for Health Design





Melissa Piatkowski, M.S., EDAC
Research Associate
The Center for Health Design





Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., EDAC
Professor & Chair, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis
Cornell University





Avein Saaty-Tafoya, EDAC
AST Consulting




Ed Cheshire, RA
Senior Project Manager
Nationwide Children's Hospital




Senior Vice President




Kayvan Madani Nejad, AIA, Ph.D.
Director, Senior Healthcare Architect
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, CES | OFP | CFM