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Webinar: Neurodiversity at Boston Children's Brookline: A Triumph of Patient-Centered Design

When: December 16, 2021
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

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

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


How can we transform a potentially challenging clinic or research visit into an uplifting and safe experience? That’s the question at the center of “The Amazing You”—the theme for Boston Children’s Brookline and the new Brain, Mind, and Behavior Center. In this webinar, attendees will hear the story of how a multidisciplinary group including clinicians, neuroscientists, families, patients, and designers teamed up to thoughtfully design an outpatient experience as considered and unique as the neurodiverse population it serves. The team will highlight elements of a cross-disciplinary approach to environmental design where programming, planning, architecture, wayfinding, and interiors all work together to choreograph a uniquely engaging yet calm, safe, patient-centered experience.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify programming decisions that are considered to positively impact behavior and improve the patient experience.
  • Use the safety risk assessment as a guide to design for a neurodiverse population.
  • Analyze ways that wayfinding, environmental graphics, architecture, and interiors can work together to better serve these unique populations.
  • Evaluate the case study’s application of research sources to tactical design decisions.


Presenting Faculty

Theresa Harris, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Healthcare Planning, Isgenuity

Theresa Harris brings 25 years of experience in planning, programming, and design of a wealth of large healthcare facilities. She’s a trusted leader in the profession and is a member of the AIA/AAH FGI subcommittee and the American College of Healthcare Architects. Her focus is planning, designing and developing health care environments that both reflect and inspire healthy attitudes. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan.


Melissa Aureli, MS, Director, Facilities Planning and Space Management, Boston Children’s Hospital

Melissa Aureli has over 30 years of design and planning experience. In her 15 years with the hospital, she has led and supported the ongoing development of the facilities standards and has served as planner for many exciting projects positively affecting the lives of pediatric patients and their families. She continues to interface with Department of Public Health, regarding construction and renovation projects at BCH.


Joseph Porter, AIA, NCARB, Senior Associate, Isgenuity

Joseph Porter is an architect, planner, and educator who loves helping people imagine and make better places. He brings over 15 years of cross-disciplinary experience to his work designing and managing complex projects in healthcare, higher education, research, and workplace environments. He is an advocate for Lean processes, design strategy, coordinated environmental design, and sustainability. He was recently featured as a NextGen Healthcare Leader by the Boston Society of Architects, works with the AIA/AAH’s NextGen Committee, and is an instructor of architecture’s pasts and futures at Boston Architectural College.