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WEBINAR | Cardboard Meets AI: Innovative Design Prototyping for Behavioral Health Spaces

When: April 18, 2024
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Where: United States
Price: FREE

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

CEU forms available for download during webinar


Can we use artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance interactive, hands-on mental health design mock-up exercises?

Could AI help us create more accurate design prototype mock-ups?

The answer is "yes", and this unique webinar will share the powerful design outcomes that can be achieved when artificial intelligence meets cardboard!

For years, the Stantec team has made hands-on, life-sized collaboration a key phase in developing designs, inviting professionals and end users to explore and give feedback to design ideas in real time.

Recently, their design experts explored an experimental design process that combines typical analog mockup with the power of generative AI. This webinar will share their process and explore application of this design concept for two care spaces focused on behavioral health.

See how this approach improves the quality and accuracy of the design, is fast and realistic, builds consensus, deepens stakeholder engagement, and democratizes the design process. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Review recent trends in mental and behavioral health design.
  • Learn about and evaluate multiple design tools that can enhance the design process. 
  • Analyze what is required to plan for and implement a full-scale mockup and how the combination of an analog and AI approach improves the overall design of the space.
  • Synthesize the pros and cons of various mock up iterations and their implications for behavioral health design. 


Presenting Faculty


Jon Sell, Principal, Senior Medical Planner, Stantec

A senior medical planner specializing in behavioral health, Jon Sell focuses on improving the design and functionality of large-scale behavioral health spaces. With over two decades of expertise, he uses design as a catalyst to improve the delivery of this specialized type of healthcare for private, public, and government clients. Jon is passionate about leading the field in this specialized and dynamic service line, and he’s equally engaged in mentoring the next generation of behavioral healthcare designers. His work is repeatedly published and presented at national conferences.


Stephen Parker, AIA NOMA NCARB LEED AP, Behavioral + Mental Health Planner, Stantec

Stephen Parker is a licensed architect & dedicated behavioral health planner in Washington, DC, driving projects of purpose from the Arctic to Australia across Stantec’s boundaryless Mental + Behavioral Health Design Practice. A proponent of “architect as advocate” for colleague, client, and community alike, he believes strongly in leadership through service. He served as co-convener of the AIA Strategic Council’s Mental Health + Architecture Incubator during the pandemic & helped author the VA’s new Inpatient Mental Health Design Guide. Stephen serves as Associate Director for the Design in Mental Health Network headquartered in the UK, is a Founding Member of the Center for Health Design's Behavioral & Mental Health Environment Network and is a US representative to the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) Public Health Group. He was named a Future Leader by Behavioral Health Business, is a Healthcare Design Rising Star recipient, AAH’s Best Healthcare Designer Under 40 and was selected as a global ULI Health Leader.


Brendan Mullins, US West Digital Delivery Leader, Stantec

As the US West Digital Delivery Lead, Brendan serves as the region’s dedicated technology partner, defining the requirements and uses of software, digital tools, and digital expertise. His role is to empower staff to innovate through technology and stay ahead of the curve. Major areas of focus include computational design, advanced visualization, and artificial intelligence.

Additionally, Brendan’s passion is combining research with project work. He is currently working as an architect on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, where Stantec is paving the way for advanced visualization, computational design, and advanced BIM workflows. Apart from project and research work, Brendan regularly volunteers with ACE Mentoring, a free after-school program in which industry professionals teach high school students about the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.