Architects Roundtable: Workplace Mental Health — Happier, Healthier Employees

With AIA Atlanta President Emily Schickner, AIA

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion at Architects Roundtable on mental health in the architecture profession, led by AIA Atlanta President Emily Schickner, AIA.

Happier, healthier employees drive better outcomes. Mental health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The architecture profession has an ethical responsibility, like its current stance on environmental sustainability, to support and apply research related to the mental health impacts of design for all people and every person that architects design for.

To destigmatize mental health, we must consider its design implications and collaborate proactively in creating more equitable communities. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous mental health-related issues to the surface, including a better work-life balance model on an industry-wide level. Dealing with these challenges is causing the architecture profession to rethink many assumptions, design approaches, and well-trod solutions. Learn how design is never neutral as it either supports mental health or, in some cases, hinders it.

This event is a must-attend for architects, designers, and anyone working in the built environment, whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a lively and informative discussion. Register today to secure your spot at Architects Roundtable!

Learning objectives

  • Learn how architecture plays a fundamental role in access to physical and mental wellness attributes in the workplace.
  • Explore how the stress created from the perceived threat of physical or psychological harm plays a vital role in the architect’s primary design solutions.
  • See how examples of clean water, air, and energy provide physical opportunities to improve mental health in the workforce and workplace.
  • Learn how the power of design can help strengthen social capital, foster social connections and boost an individual’s well-being.

Date and time

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
8:00 am - 9:30 am
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Ansley Golf Club – Midtown
196 Montgomery Ferry Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30309


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About Emily

Emily Schickner, AIA, joined Harrison Design in 2017 after spending a decade focused on hospitality and private education design. In 2021 she was promoted to the firm’s first female Principal Architect. She has led over 2 million square-feet of design and construction and achieved national award-winning recognition for her team’s work.

From the age of 10 to 16, Emily lived in Tokyo and attended the American School in Japan. Being exposed to a variety of cultures and communities laid the groundwork for the intimate, humancentric art of architecture. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Miami University of Ohio, and a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

She serves a three-year elected term on AIA Atlanta’s Board of Directors as 2023 President. From 2020-2021, she served as the AIA South Atlantic Young Architect Regional Director, in 2021 graduated from the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, and in 2022 was recognized and honored by receiving the 2022 Emerging Professional Award for AIA Georgia. Additionally, Emily was nominated and awarded a multi-year position on Georgia Tech’s College of Design Advisory Board where she serves as the Applicant Diversity Task Force Chair. She remains humble and is honored by these recognitions which provide avenues to serve and represent her community.

She is known for her expertise and advocacy efforts in the field of mental health and architecture, mentorship to emerging professionals, and activism for JEDI efforts in the profession and community. She is highly sought after to speak on panels and webinars, provide presentations and dialogue to raise awareness for a broader audience.

She enjoys balancing work and volunteer with time with her family, long runs outdoors, cooking and travelling.

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