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  Nothing beats reminding patients of how important they are. Design does this; it can encourage, help socialize and connect them to nature.

Barbara Miszkiel

Senior Principal, Architecture

Toronto, Ontario

For patients and residents, nothing beats feeling comfortable. Design has the power and responsibility to enhance clients’ efforts to recover. Barbara believes that design strategies which emphasize encouragement, socialization and connection to nature will achieve this supportive patient environment. It is these beliefs and passion that she applies to her craft, which has led to a portfolio of work that is not only award winning but truly enjoyed by end users.

A principal in the Toronto studio, Barbara is particularly interested in pushing the design boundaries of behavioral health, complex continuing care, rehabilitation, addiction recovery and long term care projects.  

Barbara worked as a consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop Ontario’s Design Standards used to guide the development of over 40,000 new LTC beds.  It is this background and research that has influenced her pioneering approach to elder-friendly design for acute care, rehabilitation and complex care. Barbara frequently lectures at conferences in the United States, Canada and Asia on elder-friendly design, enabling environments for mental health, and socially responsible design in healthcare.  


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