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.


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

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