Leading public health professionals, healthcare system administrators, designers, builders and professionals in related fields will reveal collaborative strategies and case studies of innovative behavioral health facilities in the spring 2020 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series, hosted by the Texas A&M University College of Architecture and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health and the College of Medicine.

This spring's public lectures, "Toward Improved Behavioral Health & Healthy Facilities Design,” will take place most Fridays at 12:40 p.m. in the KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus, where they will be videotaped for future online viewing on PBS apps and on YouTube.

The series is also offered as a one-hour credit course: ARCH 681 section 601 for graduate students, ARCH 481 section 500 for undergraduates, and PHPM 681-600 for School of Public Health students, whose undergraduate students can register via this form.

“Administrators, architectural designers and builders are responding to regional health needs by developing new, innovative healthcare facilities, technology and communications systems and networks that must be linked to the needs of people throughout our communities who are developing or already have behavioral issues," said George J. Mann, lecture series coordinator and holder of the Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design. “Providers must respond to the need for easily accessible, quality health care, at a reasonable cost, which plays a crucial role in improving the health of regions and communities.”

The series is also coordinated by Zhipeng Lu, assistant professor of architecture and associate director of the Texas A&M Center for Health Systems and Design; Jay E. Maddock, professor of public health, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health; Bita A. Kash, director of the university’s Center for Health Organization Transformation; and Katie Reyes, president of the Student Health Environments Association.

The lectures are sponsored by Ronald L. Skaggs ‘65, chairman emeritus, HKS Inc., adjunct professor of architecture, and Joseph G. Sprague ‘70, principal, senior vice president and healthcare director, HKS Inc., through the Skaggs – Sprague Endowed Chair of Health Facilities Design.

See a list of lecture series partners and links to past series articles and video.

Jan. 17

A series overview 12:40 p.m., Friday, January 17 at KAMU-TV Studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus by George J. Mann, The Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA Endowed Professor of Health Facilities Design and lecture series coordinator; Jay Maddock, professor of environmental and occupational health, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health; Ray Pentecost, director of the Center for Health Systems and Design; and, Zhipeng Lu, CHSD associate director.

Jan. 24

Andrew Harper, clinical professor and associate department head for clinical care, Department of Psychiatry, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Jan. 31

Keynote overview by John. R. August, interim dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, and “Testing the Effect of Hospitality Design and Operational Concepts on Patient Stress: An Examination Using Mental and Physical Health Segmentation” by Courtney Suess-Raeisinafchi, Texas A&M assistant professor of recreation, park and tourism sciences, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Feb. 7

Brian Giebink, behavioral health planner, and Troy Ransdell, vice president, healthcare, both of HDR, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Feb. 14

Hilary Bales, healthcare design principal, brain health specialist, Page/, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Feb. 21

TBA

Feb. 28

“The Impact of Texas Investment in Mental Health and the Replacements of the Rusk State Hospital and San Antonio State Hospital” by Erin Peavey, architect and design researcher, HKS, Inc., Rachel Farrell, mental health facility designer, HKS, Inc., and Amanda Flores, hospital system planning specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Mar. 6

“A New State-of-the-Art Behavioral Health Hospital: From Concept, Design, and Construction to Transition Planning, Activation, and Patient Move” presented by Keith Huehls, director, project management, Bryan Sander, architect, and Teri Joy, senior healthcare operations planner, all of BSA LifeStructures, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Mar. 20

TBA

Mar. 27

“Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic: Fitting Big Ideas into Small Shoes” presented by J. Todd Robinson, president/principal, and Justin M. Roark, senior design manager, of ESa, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Apr. 3

“Sheppard Pratt Health System – Elkridge Psychiatric Hospital, Elkridge, Maryland: an Innovative Healing Campus, Based on History and Evidence-based Design,” by Harsh Trivedi, president and CEO, Sheppard Pratt Health System, Timothy M. Rommel, principal, mental health/behavioral health practice leader, CannonDesign, and Roger F. Daub, vice president of Benchmark Construction Company, Inc., 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Apr. 17

“Supporting the Continuum of Care: Contrasting Approaches to Behavioral Health Facility Design at UT Health Science Center and Duke University Health,” by Tom Reisenbichler, managing director, and Diana K. Davis, managing principal, both of Perkins & Will, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

Apr. 24

“Designing for Hearts and Minds: A Military Health System Approach to Behavioral Health Infrastructure,” by Glenn E. Marsh, director of project planning and support division, U.S. Army Health Facilities Planning Agency, and Army Lt. Col. Autumn Leveridge, 12:40 p.m., KAMU-TV studios, 900 Houston St. on the Texas A&M University campus.

For more information, contact rnira@arch.tamu.edu or doswald@tamu.edu.