At the 2013 Healthcare Design Conference, Jaques Black, AIA, Principal at daSILVA Architects and Dr. Virginia L. Susman, Quality Patient Safety Officer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, discussed the current trends in the design of therapeutic behavioral healthcare environments.
Drawing from 35 years of experience with behavioral healthcare design, Mr. Black
discussed the special concerns and design decisions leading to the creation of non-threatening physical environments for clients and patients with special behavioral health care needs.
From the effect of color, and furniture selections to acoustical issues and the effects of natural light and air on patient outcomes, he
addressed the special concerns and design issues related to the creation of non-threatening environments that lead to patient safety and better clinical outcomes.
About Jaques Black
has been associated with daSILVA Architects
for over 30 years and has specialized in the design and planning of psychiatric facilities.
has worked with many world-renowned hospitals and research facilities, designing buildings and methodologies that have altered the way health care is implemented.
published "Balancing Safety And Comfort At Psychiatric Hospitals" in Healthcare Design Magazine