Illinois Architecture Joins Design and Health Consortium
The American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Architects Foundation, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture have established the Design and Health Research Consortium to explore the effects of design on health. Robert Ivy, the chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects, calls the scholars in this group of 11 architecture and public health schools "some of the nation's leading thinkers about the growing connection between design and public health." Illinois researchers will examine physiological responses to determine how elements of homes and neighborhoods can return people to a healthy state after being in stressful situations. Their goal is to develop design tools that will assist in devising houses and communities that will improve well-being. The Illinois Architecture team and other consortium members will collaborate over a three-year period on diverse topics connecting design with health.