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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.

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 

This session was recorded live on March 21, 2023.

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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
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  • Nick Faust


    Associate  |  Lawrence Group

    Nick Faust graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master of Architecture degree in 2018...
  • Sydney Harris


    Director of Mental Health Care Redesign  |  Dell Medical School


    Sydney is the director of mental health care redesign for the Department of Psychiatry and...
  • Ryan Losch


    Associate Principal  |  Page

    Ryan has a dynamic background in architecture and urban design. He combines his knowledge of these...
  • Natale Stephens


    Associate Principal and Senior Healthcare Planner  |  Page

    Natale Stephens, AIA, EDAC, is an Associate Principal and Senior Healthcare Planner at Page. Natale...
  • Stacey Thompson


    Director  |  Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission

    Stacey is a psychologist and the superintendent at the Austin State Hospital. Stacey is an integral...