Event: Exploring Designs for Behavioral Health and Aging at Center for Health Design

HGA Healthcare Principal Shary Adams joins national design leaders in two full-day workshops exploring design and planning strategies for behavioral health facilities and environments for the aging, September 18 – 19, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sponsored by the Center for Health Design, the workshops bring together architects, designers, and faculty members to explore the latest healthcare-industry research that improves the patient experience and caregiver workflow. Adams, who joined our Washington, D.C., office this summer, is noted for her work in mental health facilities and environments for the aging.

The two sessions include:

Workshop: Behavioral Health—Strategic Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line

Speakers: Shary Adams (HGA), Francis Murdock Pitts (architecture+), Kimberly Newton McMurray (Consultant), Brian Giebink (HDR), Kayvan Madani-Nejad (Veterans Affairs), Sara Wengert (architecture+), Leslie Colucci (Development & Construction Insight)

Date: September 18, 2019

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

This interactive workshop explores design strategies that support improved care for behavioral and mental health. Key topics include existing behavioral health models; strategies that address behavioral health across population groups; design methodologies that hinder or enhance behavioral health; and case studies that successfully support care.


Workshop: Design for the Aging Mind—Solutions for Every Setting

Speakers: Shary Adams (HGA), Jane M. Rohde (JSR), Kayvan Madani-Nejad (Veterans Affairs), Addie Abushousheh (Center for Health Design), Amy Carpenter (SFCS Architects), Maggie Calkins (IDEAS Institute)

Date: September 19, 2019

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Architects and healthcare providers share challenges, case studies, and best practices that integrate design and technology into safe living environments for the aging. Discussion themes highlight unique characteristics of the aging mind that influence perceptions of physical surroundings; aspects of the built environment that hinder or enable memory care; current design research findings; and design variations for different populations.