Tuesday, August 16 2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The mission of the Design + Wellbeing Committee is to improve human health and wellness through the design of the built environment.
The committee seeks to promote awareness of public health challenges and built environment solutions, convey design strategies to obtain healthy outcomes, and champion the role architects can play in the improvement of health.
DWB follows six evidence-based approaches designers can use to promote health and wellbeing, as published by AIA National:
- Safety: Reducing accidental injury and crime to remove impediments to physical activity and alleviate anxiety and stress
- Social Connectedness: Strengthening personal and professional relationships and encouraging behaviors like civic participation to increase happiness and ensure communities function more effectively
- Environmental Quality: Preventing, mitigating and reversing chemical and microbial pollutants that harm public health.
Sensory Environments: Diversifying the touch, smell and acoustics of an environment to promote safety, improve physical, mental and emotional well-being and enhance quality of life.
Physical Activity: Encouraging exercise, recreation and other daily activities that lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
Access to Natural Systems: Utilizing natural forms, diverse species and existing ecosystems that relieve stress, accelerate recuperation, encourage healthy eating and promote physical and social activity.
Everyone is welcome: architects, non-architects, AIA members, and non-members alike.