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The Architecture of Healing

Meet the Panelists

Architectural historians and current, practicing architects, and landscape architects explore the incorporation of evidence-based design principals in the role of mental health treatment and compare it to the actual patient experience.

Learn about our panelists for this event and join us September 18 for The Architecture of Healing.

Eric Kern

Eric Kern panelist A Senior Project Director with EYP, Eric Kern has nearly 30 years of architectural experience, including specializing in the design of behavioral healthcare facilities for state and local governments. He served as Project Manager for the new Saint Elizabeths Hospital, a state-of-the art facility designed to model best practices in modern, recovery-based treatment for forensic psychiatric residential patients as well as civil outpatients.

Eric currently serves as Project Manager for the Fulton State Hospital in Missouri, a new 500,000 SF, 300-bed facility that will replace the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River, improving the quality of care and better meeting today’s standards for safety and security. A licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Eric is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He has been published in Architect Magazine on Integrated Project Delivery and in Behavioral Healthcare Magazine on the St. Elizabeths Hospital.

Samira Pasha

Samira Pasha; healthcare

Samira Pasha, PhD, AIA is an architect and researcher with Cumming Construction Management Group in Washington DC. She is co-author of 2017 book Design for Mental and Behavioral Health.

Through her research and medical planning experience , Samira seeks to empower healthcare facility owners to achieve desired goals with regard to environment of care. Samira received PhD in architecture along with certificate in health systems and design from Texas A&M University in 2011.

Marc Shaw

Marc’s current work focuses on behavioral healthcare. He led the planning and programming for DC’s New Saint Elizabeths Hospital and is currently behavioral healthcare consultant on the architecture and engineering team for Missouri’s Fulton State Psychiatric Hospital. His chapter devoted to “The Secure Residential Psychiatric Facility: Process, Design, and Results for Behavioral Healthcare” is included in the Textbooks of Military Medicine’s Forensic and Ethical Issues in Military Behavioral Health.

Practicing as Marc Shaw, Architect, LLC, he works both directly for user clients and as a consultant to architecture and engineering firms. In that practice and with previous firms, projects have ranged from new 300 bed psychiatric hospitals, to a prototype psychiatric staff station, conceptual unit design, risk evaluation and mitigation at existing behavioral health inpatient units, to residential schools for students with emotional and behavioral challenges. His behavioral healthcare efforts are complemented by experience making architecture for more traditional healthcare, healthcare education, and higher education.

Marc has volunteered with the DC AIA’s Architecture-in-Schools, helping first graders design their own zoo and is a member of the Board of Visitors at Guilford College. He is a lifelong DC area resident, and 1978 graduate of University of Virginia School of Architecture.