While we are nationally known for our work with psychiatric facilities, we have also provided design and planning services for a diversity of healthcare projects including hospitals, an Alzheimer’s center, skilled nursing facilities, medical clinics, dental clinics, medical offices, and independent living facilities.

architecture+ has worked on a broader range of mental health settings than any firm in North America. We have created over 20,000 mental health beds or treatment slots in thirty-five states and provinces including free-standing hospitals, psychiatric units in general hospitals, forensic hospitals, intermediate care facilities, correctional mental health units, substance abuse treatment centers, outpatient clinics, and facilities for children and adolescents. Our experience encompasses every patient cohort, diagnosis, and setting (secure, forensic, and civil placement settings). We are not only designers but participants in the evolution of healthcare architecture.

Our president, Francis (Frank) Murdock Pitts, has served as President of The American College of Healthcare Architects. He has also served as President of the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health and continues to be an active volunteer and contributor to this organization and numerous others committed to the advancement of healthcare architecture. His expertise is regularly solicited by colleagues and providers throughout the United States and Canada. Among other accomplishments, he also organized a national conference for the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Health that brought together the leading authorities on design of therapeutic environments.

Our work with special populations is innovative and in touch with anticipated trends in treatment modalities. We have received awards from the American Institute of Architects, Eastern New York Chapter, for West 5th Street Campus in Hamilton, Ontario, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (Central Massachusetts Psychiatric Facility), Sunmount Center for Intensive Treatment in Tupper Lake, New York, and Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital Replacement in Kentucky.

architecture+ develops and maintains the Patient Safety Standards, Materials and Systems Guidelines (click here) for the New York State Office of Mental Health. In this video, architecture+ principal Francis Murdock Pitts demonstrates why arc fault interruption, ground fault interruption, and tamper resistance are all important in a psychiatric hospital and how to provide all three features on the same electrical circuit.

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