Alison Leonard

Expert: Designing for Mental Health

The only thing constant in the healthcare market is change, which is why it is hard to believe that the stigma associated with mental health treatment and hospitals remains after all these years. The challenging goal for designers of healthcare spaces is to create a patient care environment and experience that allows for clinical success.  For behavioral and mental healthcare spaces, designers must understand how one’s surrounding area affects the five senses and triggers an emotional response. Can designers actually manipulate the healing process and overall patient experience with good design? Scientists have said that more than half the brain… Full Story