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  The AIA, Architecture, and Health
by AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA

The role of the architect working collaboratively with urban planners, public health professionals, and others to help solve the immense health challenges of our day—chronic disease and obesity, among others—has never been clearer. Closely aligned with the AIA Repositioning effort, Design + Health is a key, emerging AIA initiative to provide members and the profession with the knowledge, tools, and platform for this vital undertaking.

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A History of Health + Urbanism + Architecture
by the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism

How public health and urban planning grew up together, became distinct disciplines, and now are collaborating again with the architecture profession to tackle today’s health challenges.

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Designing Communities, Shaping Health

An architect’s everyday decisions, large and small, can affect the physical and mental health of everyone who comes into contact with their work. Explore design choices and potential health impacts through this AIArchitect interactive graphic.

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Grey, Green, and Blue: Seattle’s Northgate
by Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA

The author of the book Retrofitting Suburbia details how architects and planners helped one Seattle neighborhood become more urban, but also more green and verdant.

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The Newest Trend in Architecture Education: Public Health

The recognition of health as a vital element of design is pairing architecture students with new, multidisciplinary academic allies, and creating a growing list of courses and degree programs combining architecture and health.

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Healthy Design: The Call from City Hall

Designing healthy cities isn’t just a job for architects and planners. It requires buy-in, vision, and most importantly, funding, from municipal leaders. Three cities—New York, Washington, D.C., and Portland—are setting the pace.

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Hospitals Healing Communities

Embracing the concept of true community health centers, hospitals are applying neighborhood-scale lessons of urban planning, siting, and health to the facility itself, as well as the surrounding community.

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Moving Toward a Fit Nation

From AIA New York’s FitNation exhibit, now on display at AIA National in Washington, D.C., this photo gallery shines a light on projects that get people active: refuges for urban farming, parks repurposed from blighted industrial space, or stairs simply too alluring to ignore.

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From Health to Wellness

If “health” is typically understood as being determined by what happens in a doctor’s office, then “wellness” is a product of everyday lifestyle choices, good and bad, that anyone’s environment encourages. The Detroit Collaborative Design Center has a 50-year plan that maps out this relationship for an entire neighborhood.

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AIA Events and Resources

The AIA has a wide variety of tools and resources—web sites, research reports, national and local events, and ongoing programs and initiatives—that explore the relationships between design and health, and encourage public and professional discourse.

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Visit the AIA Design + Health Landing Page >

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Find AIA Continuing Education Courses on Design + Health >




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