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Moderator Donna Terzano, AIA, Project Manager at RWJ Barnabas Health and former AIA CNJ President – hosted the virtual educational event:

“The Architecture of Mental Health – Behavioral Health Design”
Friday, November 19, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.,
Erin Sharp-Newton, Elizabeth Sullivan and Kimberly McMurray, AIA spoke about the past, present, and future of psychiatric facilities and mental health environments currently referenced as a conception of behavioral health. The panel shared insight into the history of mental health stigma as well as the intertwined history of advocacy. Also shared were current challenges from a pandemic to unknown futures, stress, isolation and a sense of mental health issues that affect everyone, as well as upcoming trends and a vision for the future:

  1. THE STORY — architectural history of psychiatric establishments.

  2. GIFT — today’s unique challenges in the design of mental health facilities.

  3. GUIDELINES – patient safety, anti-ligature and self-harm prevention methods with an overview of guidelines and best practices.

  4. PRINCIPLES — principles of biophilia, circadian lighting and nature and how they can support a therapeutic environment.

  5. VISION — heal environments while maintaining FGI requirements.

  6. TENDENCIES — upcoming trends in this field of design.

See also:

NK Architects: https://www.nkarchitects.com/n…







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