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Join us on 3/21/2023 for a live webinar on: An Integrated Approach to Planning the New Austin State Hospital

  • 1.  Join us on 3/21/2023 for a live webinar on: An Integrated Approach to Planning the New Austin State Hospital

    Posted 8 days ago

    Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 2-3 pm ET

    An Integrated Approach to Planning the New Austin State Hospital



    How do you successfully invest nearly $300 million in a master plan for a state psychiatric campus in the middle of a rapidly developing urban community? This session will look at how the redevelopment of the former Austin State Hospital campus provides an opportunity for academic engagement in the clinical process, implements a continuum of care, and offers opportunities for mental health partnerships in the heart of Austin, Texas.

    This project involved collaboration between the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, and a variety of design professionals and community advocates to master plan and execute on the construction of the new 240-adult bed Austin State Hospital. This panel is moderated by Nick Faust.

    Hosted by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health an AIA Knowledge Community.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Observe the Master Planning efforts and the role of the new Austin State Hospital 
    • Evaluate the development of organizational models, and the subsequent building design, that support best practices in safe patient care for the new state hospital 
    • Measure key programming goals and innovative design attributes for addressing brain health within patients 
    • Understand projected changes in patient flow at the new state hospital and how these changes will improve both staff and patient safety and well-being


    Sydney Harris, MHA

    Director of Mental Health Care Redesign | Dell Medical School

    Ryan Losch, AIA, AICP

    Associate Principal |Page

    Natale Stephens, AIA, EDAC

    Associate Principal and Senior Healthcare Planner | Page

    Stacey Thompson, PsyD

    Director| Texas Department of Health and Human Services


    Nick Faust, AIA, WELL AP, EDAC

    Associate |  Lawrence Group



    Thomas Bahr
    Project Architect
    Saint Louis, MO
    23.03.15 CxD - Public Trust