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Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.

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Interior Design Notes

In partnership with the Vendome Group, LLC, publishers of HEALTHCARE DESIGNDESIGN Environments for Aging, and Health Environments Research & Design Journal, IIDA is pleased to launch a new CEU series, Interior Design Notes. The bimonthly series features a CEU based on an article from HEALTHCARE DESIGN. Articles approved for Health Safety and Welfare are marked as such. All others fall under General Knowledge.

Materials Safety Check

By Lilliana Alvarado

There are countless factors to be considered in product selection to create warm, inviting, and comfortable healthcare spaces for patients and staff. Those concerns can range from ease of use to infection control to maintainability. But when designing for behavioral health settings, further consideration needs to be paid to durability and safety measures that aren’t required in most other healthcare settings.

0.1 CEU, HSW

Required Reading

Top 10 Designs to Rethink in Your BH Facility by Megan Rozsa
Designing Social Networks For Young Behavioral Healthcare Patients by Rebecca Sanders 
Creating A Safe Haven For Behavioral Healthcare by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis


Balancing Safety And Comfort At Psychiatric Hospitals

By Mary Bamborough, IIDA

In 1813, Samuel Tuke wrote the following in a description of York Retreat, an institution for insane people in York, England, that was founded by his grandfather William Tuke: “Many errors in the construction, as well as in the management, of asylums for the insane appear to arise from excessive attention to safety. … In the construction of such places, cure and comfort ought to be as much considered as security.”

0.1 CEU, HSW

Required Reading

Rethinking Behavioral Health Center Design by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Biloxi VA Medical Center Emerges From Post-Katrina Devastation by Jay Srinivasan
Art and Mental Health by Upali Nanda, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, and Sarajane L. Eisen, P




Read the required articles listed under the course description. Return your completed quiz to IIDA.  

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These courses have been approved by IDCEC for one hour of continuing education credit (0.1 CEU). When we score your completed quiz, we will follow up with you. If you have any questions, contact the IIDA Education Department at 312.467.1950 or toll-free at 888.799.IIDA.