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Bill Richards Center for Healing at Aquilino Cancer Center

Rockville, Maryland

The first center of its kind, the Bill Richards Center for Healing at Aquilino Cancer Center explores new approaches to wellness and psychological therapies for cancer patients. The patient experience was designed to create the ideal setting for guided spiritual journeys. Treatment rooms are designed to create a comfortable yet controlled environment, with soft furnishings and lighting controls to support both traditional talk-therapy and guided psilocybin treatments. The space also supports multipurpose use of the public areas for group therapy, educational sessions, and yoga classes. Innovative solutions were designed to conceal storage and technology for these ancillary functions, maintaining the tranquility of the space. The end result was the creation of a setting that is safe, supportive, and biophilic with a high sense of natural materiality.