Supporting a new care model for behavioral health, ZGF is collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to design a Child, Teen & Family Center and Department of Psychiatry building that will combine traditional psychiatric care services with cutting-edge neuroscience research. Designed to be UCSF’s first ever co-location of research and behavioral healthcare for pediatric and adult patients, the center will accelerate scientific discovery of improved treatments and prevention, while also serving as a critical link in UCSF’s mission to destigmatize behavioral health care and support community mental health efforts.

Working with a multidisciplinary team—led by renowned child psychiatrist and human geneticist Dr. Matthew State—ZGF identified program priorities and potential synergies through the integration of clinical, training, and research functions in one building. By bringing together clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines, the 170,000-square-foot facility will foster a culture of collaboration, providing the setting and resources for advancements in discovery and patient care. The facility’s close proximity to wet research labs at UCSF Mission Bay Campus and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital will give patients and families the opportunity to participate in progressive clinical research that will support long-term treatment.

Made possible in part by a generous donor gift, the center will be a single structure with zones that each have architecturally distinct visual identities and spaces. Entrances will be clearly defined for those going to the Child, Teen & Family Center and those going to other locations in the building. Spaces will be designed to provide a humane, best-in-class psychiatric and mental health care experience, with natural materials, ample daylighting, and exterior views evoking an inviting and therapeutic space, while supporting patient and staff safety.

A prominently located convening space will allow UCSF to host conferences and meetings where staff can exchange expertise with community and affiliated partners to advance knowledge, training and clinical care in support of behavioral health.