A senior principal in the Toronto studio, Barbara specializes in design for non-acute care environments. A recipient of the Stantec Award for Design and Technical Excellence, Barbara is particularly interested in pushing the design boundaries of behavioral/mental health, complex continuing care, rehabilitation, addiction recovery, elder care, memory care/dementia, integrated-care communities, and children’s treatment centers.
Design has the power and the responsibility to enhance clients’ efforts to recover. As Barbara says, “That's why it’s so important to respect but also challenge research, evidence-based design, best practices, and emerging trends.” Not surprisingly, the results are award-winning solutions that are truly enjoyed by the end users.
More than a subject matter expert, Barbara moves the goalposts and pushes the discourse forward. Having developed the Ontario Ministry of Health Long-term Care Design Standards (upon which over 40,000 new beds have been designed), her background in assisted living and long-term care has influenced her pioneering approach to elder-friendly design.
Barbara promotes socially responsible design in healthcare through an active speaking circuit across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Her design philosophy? Make real spaces for real people by recognizing their social and care needs.