Washington, D.C. -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named four more universities as members of the AIA-ACSA Design and Health Research Consortium: the Illinois Institute of Technology; the University of South Florida; Cornell University's Institute for Healthy Futures; and North Carolina State University.
These university programs join an existing network of 19 university teams dedicated to researching the link between health outcomes and design interventions. The AIA-led consortium helps translate this research into architectural practice for design and public health professionals, policy makers and the general public.
"Since 2015, this multi-disciplinary community of researchers has applied more than $31 million toward research, published more than 100 papers and participated in nearly 400 public symposia, community workshops and local AIA events," said Robert Ivy, AIA CEO. "Their work has subsequently opened the door for new research-focused partnerships between schools and major design firms. These new members will add to a growing body of knowledge that is influencing our thinking and developing policies that underscore the built environment's role in improving public health.”
Over a three-year period, the AIA and its partners will provide institutional support and capacity building for the new consortium members, promoting collaboration through local and national partnerships and enable knowledge-sharing through conference calls and face-to-face events.