So You Want to Design for All? Designing for Mental Health

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 2pm ET

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The past 2+ years of a global pandemic and increased calls for racial justice, coupled with the threats of climate change have only amplified the impacts and disparities of mental health and highlighted the intersection of identity and economic inequality with mental health. 

This webinar will provide a platform for an open dialogue with the goal of de-stigmatizing discussions of mental health and advancing the conversation. The panelists and moderator will present their past personal experiences and perspectives, along with their design work to discuss how architects can better address mental health in workplace culture, our communities, and our practice. 

Attendees will hear from a diverse group of architects and designers who are committed to design that addresses mental health challenges and barriers and works towards a healthier, more equitable future for all. The panelists will share their background, vision, project samples, and insights in why consideration for mental health and the varied perspectives and needs of individuals is imperative for architects and their communities. Attendees will learn various methods of incorporating considerations of mental health in their practice and daily lives and encourage the audience to continue the conversation outside of the webinar with actionable suggestions. 

The panelists will expand on how and why architects should take on a leadership role in this area and advocate for spaces where all may thrive. This session will have ample Q&A time, allowing for attendees to engage with the panelists. Hosted by YAF.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the relationship between mental health and design. 
  • Learn how the built environment and workplace culture plays a role in perpetuating mental health challenges as the impacts are disproportionately felt in marginalized communities and affecting the health, safety, welfare, and belonging of those populations. 
  • Discuss the work of mental health activists who are developing new architectural practices, processes, and paradigms in order to build a more equitable and healthier future for all. 
  • Foster productive conversations around mental health and design. 
  • Improve and promote mental health awareness in projects, workplaces, and communities where all may feel a sense of belonging and lead healthy lives. 
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