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The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the health care architectural profession.

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You can contribute information to the AIA COVID-19 project database, and view all submitted projects. Visit the Alternative Care Sites preparedness site to learn important areas to evaluate when selecting ACSs for the care and treatment of COVID-19 or surge capacity patients.

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Join us on 9/12/2023 for a live webinar on: Shaping the Future of Behavioral Health: Uniting Voices for Transformative Care

  • 1.  Join us on 9/12/2023 for a live webinar on: Shaping the Future of Behavioral Health: Uniting Voices for Transformative Care

    Posted 09-07-2023 11:44 AM

    Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, September 12, 2023 | 2-3 pm ET

    Shaping the Future of Behavioral Health: Uniting Voices for Transformative Care


    As the demand for mental health care services continues to surge worldwide, it has become increasingly evident that the built environment plays a pivotal role in providing safe, equitable, and effective care for behavioral health patients. In response to this pressing need, we aim to unite diverse voices in shaping the future of behavioral health. Our panel comprises experts from a range of fields, including behavioral health clinical expertise, administration, regulatory and policy, and design and planning. Together, we will explore emerging opportunities to forge a transformative future in behavioral health. Through this roundtable discussion, we will raise awareness and initiate a multidisciplinary conversation that examines the crisis and its impacts holistically, from all angles. By viewing behavioral health care through a comprehensive lens, we aim to propel meaningful change and progress. 

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

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the pivotal role of the built environment in delivering innovative and inclusive behavioral health care
    • Identify essential design considerations that promote patient empowerment and facilitate healing
    • Assess the impact of technology on mental health spaces and care delivery
    • Discuss the future trajectory and emerging topics in mental health design including achieving equity in access to behavioral health care 


    Ferial Asadies

    Health Principal | HDR Architecture, Inc.

    Ferial Asadies

    Alison Birnie

    Clinical Director, ED / Trauma / CCU / Behavioral Health / Nurse Informatics I Huntington Hospital

    Alison Birnie

    Brian Giebink, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

    Behavioral Health Practice Leader | HDR Architecture, Inc.

    Brian Giebink

    Diana Navarro

    Supervisor, Health Facilities Review | Department of Health Care Access & Information

    Dianna Navarro

    Anosha Zanjani

    Behavioral Health Design Specialist I HDR Architecture, Inc.

    Anosha Zanjani


    Yvonne Nagy, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

    Managing Principal I HDR, Inc.

    Yvonne Nagy


    Thomas Bahr
    Project Architect
    Saint Louis, MO