Francis Murdock Pitts

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Frank is the founding partner of architecture+. He is nationally known for psychiatric healthcare facility planning and design for special populations, long term care, and secure institutions. He has been involved in a broader range of psychiatric healthcare projects than anyone in North America over the past 40 years. He is an instrumental member of the healthcare design community serving as a leader of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). As a founding member and Fellow of the ACHA, he helped to establish national certification credentials for healthcare architects and led the effort to extend the availability of the specialty certification credential to other parts of North America. 

Frank has also shaped the regulatory environment serving from 2007–2014 on the committee that writes the FGI/AIA Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities, which is the national standard for design and construction of healthcare facilities. He authored a majority of the recent revisions and additions to the Guidelines standards for psychiatric hospitals. In addition to his involvement with the AIA for healthcare, Frank has been a leader in the AIA at the local, state, and national level including service on the AIA National Board and as National Vice President.