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MAAP recognise that the design of the built environment profoundly affects health outcomes. We support the growing demand for person-centred models of care and recovery-centred care for mental health. This has implications for the architecture of health facilities because they are too often still being designed to an old paradigm of clinical service-centred care.


We regularly engage in design-led research for clients to provide strategic advice and direction at all stages of health projects. This has helped our clients focus on the big picture, ask the right questions, and identify evidence-based solutions that integrate with policy, design and delivery.

Research and innovation at MAAP is fully integrated into our design process and led by Mungo Smith and Noam Raz drawing on their experience in research, authoring design guidance and advice to government clients in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Recent research studies, benchmarking and international reviews for government include:


  • Recommendations for Multi Storey Mental Health Facilities in the New Zealand Context - The Ministry of Health - New Zealand (2019) 

  • Historical mapping, Historical Taxonomy, Future Taxonomy and Facility review - Mental Health Infrastructure NW Melbourne, VHHSBA (2019)

  • Learning from Private Hospitals Research & Benchmarking – Health Infrastructure NSW (2015)

  • Optimal Sizing of Hospitals – NSW Health Infrastructure (2015)

  • Heart & Lung International Benchmarking Review – Metro North Hospitals & Health Services (2015)

  • National Particle Treatment & Research Centre – Health Infrastructure NSW (2015)

  • International Review of Optimal Sizing – Children’s and Acute Hospitals – Health Infrastructure NSW (2013)

Danish Superhospitals
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