The School of Public Health and the College of Built Environments are part of a University of Washington interdisciplinary team selected to join a consortium seeking to further research and recognition of the strong influence of design on public health.
Over a three-year period, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architects Foundation will provide institutional support for the new members of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium, promoting local and national partnerships and knowledge-sharing.
The UW team is led by Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, affiliate professor in environmental and occupational health sciences and in Urban Design and Planning, and by Dr. Heather Burpee, research assistant professor in the department of architecture.
Besides the UW, five new consortium team members were named: Morgan State University, University of Memphis School of Public Health, University of Minnesota School of Architecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture, and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts/Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. They join the 11 inaugural members, which include schools within Columbia University, Drexel University, UC-San Diego, and Texas A&M, among others.
“We chose these new members because their research has the best potential for affecting policy across a wide swath of issues at the intersection of the built environment and public health,” said Architects Foundation executive director, Ms. Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop.
The UW team focuses on health in the built environment, including using Seattle’s Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world, as a test laboratory and serving on the steering committee of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, a sustainability initiative in a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.