HDR’s Brian Giebink Named HCD Rising Star

Behavioral Health Planner Brian Giebink, AIA, LEED AP, of our Minneapolis studio has been named a Healthcare Design magazine Rising Star. The magazine selected nine winners for 2019.

Giebink’s work encourages clients to rethink behavioral and mental health environments to enable patients to live the most satisfying, hopeful and productive lives consistent with any limitations caused by their condition. He has completed projects throughout the U.S., Canada and the Middle East. Giebink has published numerous articles on design and healthcare and consistently speaks at industry conferences.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this award among so many talented people and to be recognized for doing what I enjoy,” Giebink said. “I hope I can continue to raise awareness of behavioral and mental health design and improve the experience and outcomes of so many in need of care.”

Giebink was a key leader in the design of the award-winning Spero Academy, a public K-6 elementary charter school that provides individualized educational programs to benefit students with disabilities through a responsive environment.

Giebink’s co-authored article, “Behavioral Health: Filling the Void,” was recently published in Healthcare Design. The piece examines how an HDR team, led by Giebink, designed a behavioral health patient room for the future — One Haven — which won an Institute for Patient-Centered Design competition in 2015 and was subsequently built as a research-driven mock-up room in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System. Results of the team’s research were recently published in the Health Environments Research & Design Journal.

“We’re extremely proud of the work that Brian leads each day, and this recognition is much deserved,” said Hank Adams, FACHA, AIA, EDAC, global director of health at HDR. “Brian approaches projects through a human-centered lens and has become a driving force behind the improvement of behavioral and mental healthcare environments, and he’s just getting started.”

Giebink was recently selected to participate in the Facilities Guidelines Institute 2022 Health Guidelines Revision Committee, focusing on behavioral health design in the emergency department. He is actively involved with American Institute of Architects Minnesota’s Committee on the Environment and the Architecture in the Schools Committee. He also mentors younger colleagues at HDR, as well as architecture students at the University of Minnesota.

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