Design for Mental and Behavioral Health

Learn how effectively designed environmental features can serve vulnerable communities.


The physical environment's impact on the human experience is increasingly evident among all populations, but the benefits and risks are particularly evident with patients in mental health facilities.

Take a deep dive into the latest insights through this session examining recent research findings. Discussion will center on a study designed to evaluate the importance and effectiveness of specific environmental features—and to generate design guidelines from that investigation.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of the context for supporting private patient rooms, positive distraction, and aesthetics, and learn how your work can serve vulnerable communities.

Learning objectives

  • Review research on mental and behavioral health facilities in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Learn to access data evaluating the importance and presence of specific environmental features in mental and behavioral health facilities.
  • Become acquainted with a pre-tested survey tool for evaluating mental and behavioral health facilities.
  • Gain insight into pressing issues in mental and behavioral health design, and use this information to set priorities where constructions budgets are limited.
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Average: 3.5 (76 votes)
 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.25 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Francis Pitts


    Principal / architecture+

    Francis Pitts, FAIA, FACHA, OAA is the founding partner and President of architecture+. His...
  • Mardelle M. Shepley

    D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA

    Chair / Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

    Mardelle Shepley, D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA, is chair of the Department of Design and Environmental...
  • Angela E. Watson


    Principal / Shepley Bulfinch Architects

    Angela Watson, AIA is a principal at Shepley Bulfinch Architects, specializing in health facility...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:15

Passing Score: 80% on quiz