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Barbara Miszkiel

Senior Principal, Architecture

Toronto, Ontario

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. 


Are hospitals healing or hurting elderly patients? Re-envisioning the geriatric patient room,” through a co-presentation with Deborah Knast and Kristopher Steele at the Environments for Aging Expo and Conference in Las Vegas in February, 2017.

At the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) annual conference in October, 2016, I spoke about design and caring for the whole child.

Look for my article “Three sites, one vision for kids with ASD: How a treehouse inspired it all” in the October, 2016, Journal of Design in Mental Health, UK.

The P3 Bulletin called on my experience and expertise in “Changing of the guard,” a recent examination of politics on the P3 project model.

My golden retriever looks forward to chipping in with assisted-living therapy.



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