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Behavioral & Mental Health: Design to Meet Current and Rising Needs

May 2023

The Workshop 


The mental health crisis in the US, and around the world continues to grow at alarming rates and is affecting individuals from all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic positions. These challenges reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into a myriad of care settings. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that these settings reflect the complexities of care, are flexible to respond to fluid care needs, and offer equity to patients.

To meet the increased demand for care, 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 settings.

This one-day virtual workshop provides the latest in design thinking for a variety of behavioral health care and health 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.




Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Vice President, CannonDesign  

Opening Keynote: Staff and Resident Perceptions of Mental Behavioral Health Environments

Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, D.Arch., FAIA, Janet and Gordon Lankton Professor, Department of Human Centered Design, Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, Cornell University

Kati Peditto, PhD, EDAC, WELL AP, Co-Director, Human Experience Lab, Perkins&Will

Mental and Behavioral Health: International Perspectives Panel

Brian Giebink, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, Behavioral and Mental Health Practice Leader, HDR

Barbara Miszkiel, EDAC, LEED AP, Director, Health, HDR (Canada)

Lianne Knotts, RIBA, Adv.Dip. PPA, BArch(Hons), BA(Hons), Medical Architecture (United Kingdom)

Christian Karlsson, Arkitekt MAA, Partner, Karlsson Arkitekter (Denmark)

Cristiana Caira, Partner, White Arkitekter, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)


Case Study: Children’s Hospital of Colorado Pediatric Mental Health Institute

Tammy Felker, AIA, ACHA, RN, EDAC, LEED® AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Healthcare Planner, Healthcare Architect, NBBJ

Towards an Understanding of Trauma-informed Design: An (Over)view from the Field

J. Davis Harte, MS, PhD, WELL AP, Director, Design for Human Health, MDS, Boston Architectural College, Co-Founder, Global Birth Environment Design Network and Trauma-Informed Design Society

TaraVista: Building a Patient-Centered Therapeutic Hospital: A Retrospective

Michael P. Krupa, Ed.D., Founder and CEO Emeritus, TaraVista Behavioral Health Center

Gary Graham, FAIA, Principal, GMI Architects


Behavioral & Mental Health: Design to Meet Current and Rising Needs

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