Conference: Building Healthy Communities: Mental Healthcare
4th July 2016, 18:30, The Building Centre, London, UK
DATE: 4/7/2016
Over the past few decades, an increasing amount of research has highlighted the links between the built environment and mental health. On one hand, the built environment is often seen as a significant source of mental distress, while on the other, thoughtfully designed spaces and places destined for mental health care are central for positive patient outcomes. With the annual cost to society In England of £100 billion, it is important that architects approach the design of spaces for mental health care with necessary theoretical and empirical research on hand. Beyond privacy, natural light, noise reduction, space and better communication, what other key characteristics should architects incorporate in their designs? Taking the needs of both staff and patients as a starting point, this panel discussion will look at how architects can design therapeutic environments that minimise restraint, uphold patient dignity and aid recovery.

Speakers:
Cath Lake, Director, P+HS Architects
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou, Marie Curie Fellow, Space Syntax Lab, the Bartlett, UCL 
Ruairi Reeves, Associate Director, Medical Architecture

By Museum of Architecture and The Building Centre.

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