Design & Health Workshop

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

A partnership between the American Institute of Architects (AIA) & ACSA

Architects are uniquely positioned to help address many of the chronic health challenges our society faces today. From asthma to obesity, diabetes to depression, a growing body of practice-based evidence is clearly demonstrating the profound impact that forward-looking design decisions can have on human health for individuals and communities.

When health impacts and equitable access to healthy places become central to the design and planning process, transformational outcomes quickly appear. Architects are improving health outcomes for people and communities and enhancing well-being, safety and environmental quality through our collaborations with private businesses, health professionals, policy makers, government agencies, foundations, nonprofits, allied organizations and others.

The design and health initiative's work includes:

  • Novel approaches and developing best practices to promote health through design
  • Advocating for healthier policies and programs at the local, state and federal levels
  • Educating the public, the profession, policy makers and allied industries about architects’ unique role in promoting health equity


This workshop takes place prior to the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit—Registration for the workshop can be added to full conference registration.


Learn more »


Detroit, MI