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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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More than Skin Deep: The Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre

Scott Barron, OAA, AAA, RAIC.
Senior Architect, HDR Architecture Associates Inc
Barbara Miszkiel, OAA, AAPEI, FRAIC, LEED AP, EDAC
Director, Health, HDR Architecture Associates Inc
Anton Rabindran, P. Eng.
Project Manager, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

For the first Canadian centre of its kind, leading the way for revolutionary solutions to devastating brain disorders including stroke, dementia, ALS, mood and anxiety, while providing leading-edge care, this design is “more than skin deep”; making research and discovery transparent while embracing the community as a vital part of the client’s journey to recovery. We have known for decades the positive impact design can have on our mental health. But what has been done to rethink our model of “mental health facility” for more positive outcomes is either inconsistent, sporadic or constrained by public perception. Discover how an architect and client team worked together to challenge the boundaries of established thinking through a consistent evidence-based approach to design for mental health within a dense urban campus in order to address the mental health and wellness of all - inpatients, outpatients, caregivers, researchers and the broader community.


1. Learn how the new Brain Sciences Centre is designed to create an easily accessible, welcoming and safe mental health environment within a tight urban site despite being literally sandwiched between two buildings;
2. Explore how to find “silver linings in site constraints” to create functional and safe outdoor space for both ambulatory and acute mental health patients;
3. See how client-architect collaboration in challenging status quo balanced patients’ independence with caregivers’ need to know;
4. Discover how evidence-based design was applied for positive mental health outcomes for everyone – from patients to caregivers, researchers and the entire campus community for this Centre of Excellence in Mental and Behavioral Health.


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