D+WB

About

The Design + Wellbeing Committee seeks to promote awareness of public health challenges and built environment solutions; convey design strategies to improve human health and wellbeing; and champion the role architects, designers, builders, communities and other industry leaders play in the improvement of health.

Mission:  Improve human health and wellness through the design of the built environment.

Goals

Safety: Encourages design strategies to protect people from real and perceived impediments causing anxiety, stress, psychological, and physical harm.

Social Connectedness: Encourages strong social networks to improve happiness, wellbeing, and resilience which are fundamental to civic participation and helping others.

Environmental Quality: Mitigates or reverses quantifiable chemical and microbial site, water, and air pollutants affecting human health.

Sensory Environments: Embraces varied sensory experiences through touch, sound, smell and taste promoting mental and emotional well-being, improving quality of life and physical health.

Physical Activity: Explores opportunities for more active daily experiences helping to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and other health problems.

Access to Natural Systems:  Harnesses the power of natural systems to support healthy food production, provide stress relief, and improve human performance in periods of intense stress.

Meetings & Events

Everyone is welcome: architects, non-architects, AIA members, and non-members alike. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month at the District Architecture Center, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm unless otherwise noted on the calendar.

The committee sponsors a variety of events including:

  • Building and Bike Tours focusing on health and the built environment
  • Educational Sessions showcasing innovative new standards, metrics, and case studies
  • Annual Fall Forum highlighting trends and initiatives within the industry
  • Quarterly Design and Health discussions at committee meetings
Resources

AIA Design and Health
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Building Healthy Places
Center for Active Design (NYC)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – Healthy and Livable Communities
American Planning Association (APA) – Planning and Community Health Center
Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Research
WELL Building Standard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) – Accessibility
Universal Design
Aging in Place Principles