Event COTE/AIAU Health & Wellness: Designing for Health

May 13, 2021 - 12:00pm

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COTE/AIAU Component + Sustainability Education Live Series

AIA Austin COTE is partnering with AIAU to bring you a four-part Component + Sustainability Education Live Series. The four sessions will showcase and facilitate discussions around some of AIAU’s premier sustainability content focused on materials, AIA 2030, health, and resiliency. Each session will offer a preview of an AIAU education series followed by a panel discussion with industry experts. View the series here.


Health & Wellness Course 1: Designing for Health
May 13, 2021 at Noon

Licensed architects and affiliated design professionals have a duty to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. As America’s healthcare expenses continue to rise and we rebuild post-pandemic, collaboration with public health professionals will be more critical than ever. In this course, you will hear from architects and public health professionals about opportunities to influence population health directly and indirectly through design. We will explore the basics of public health as it relates to architecture and describe six approaches any designer can apply to any project to think more intentionally about health promotion. Gail Vittori joins us for a conversation on the evolving relationship between public health and architecture, integrating evidence-based design solutions to promote health and the importance of design for health in achieving environmental justice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define public health and its connection to architecture.
  2. Articulate the relationship of the physical environment to social, behavioral, mental, and emotional health.
  3. Describe the role architects and the built environment have in reducing health care costs and promoting health.
  4. Apply six approaches for thinking about public health in building design.

Live Presenters
Gail Vittori. Photo credit Jessica Rockowitz
Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow, Co-director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Gail Vittori works at the intersection of sustainable design and human health. She served on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council Board (2002-2010), including as Board Chair in 2009, and on the board of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) (2011-2019) including as Board Chair from 2013-2019. She convened and was Co-coordinator of the Green Guide for Health Care, and was the Founding Chair of the LEED for Healthcare core committee. Her work has spanned private and public sector projects nationally and internationally. Ms. Vittori is co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, is a Founding Member and Vice-Chair of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She received the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability in 2015, and the USGBC’s Kate Hurst Leadership Award in 2020.

Ashley Grzywa, AIA, WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc. (moderator)
Video Presenters

Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH
Andrew Ibrahim, MD
Judith Heerwagen, PhD
Liz York, FAIA

1 LU/HSW. This is a free event.

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