Smarter solutions for healthier spaces

Health isn’t just absence of disease—it’s about safety, social connectedness, sustainability, resilience, equity, and access.

The Architects Foundation, in partnership with the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, formed the Design & Health Research Consortium.

The Consortium convenes architecture and public health experts from 11 universities to build new knowledge and improve the health of communities through sound policy and practical solutions.

The Foundation furnishes the framework for generating, capturing, and modeling these solutions—providing institutional support, expanding research on the relationship between design and health, and identifying and developing opportunities for further funding.

With a network of specialists and a shared lexicon, the Foundation and its partners are helping communities nationwide incorporate healthier design and planning.

“We have a partnership—public health professionals and architects and planners. We have an influence on America’s public health that we’re only now beginning to grasp.” —Deputy U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak

“Healthy places are resilient places. The optimal building of this century will be one that minimizes its ecological footprint while promoting human health and well-being.” —Foundation Executive Director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop