Engage Studio - Healthy Buildings: The Biology, Physics, and Epistemology of the new Design Process Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

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There is a shift to demand health-related data analytics to document the existence of healthy employee experiences. During this workshop you’ll learn how to integrate health into design by examining the biology, physics, and measured impacts of Healthy Buildings. The concepts of Healthy Buildings and how they can affect human biology through impacts on the respiratory, auditory, skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems will be covered. Discover tools used to verify health metrics associated with light, acoustics, comfort and biophilia. Gilead will present the design and business philosophy behind their design standards that focus on the health and wellness of their employees.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how aspects of the built environment can affect our human biology through impacts on the respiratory, auditory, integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.

  • Hear directly from Gilead to learn how wellness design elements can be justified through a business case and employee satisfaction.

  • Understand approaches and methods used to evaluate health impacts of the built environment, as well as inherent tensions between design research and biomedical/public health research, that are integral to improving and growing knowledge about designing places that promote health.


Portrait photo of Whitney Gray, PhD Whitney Gray, PhD
Senior Vice President, Delos Insights, Delos
Portrait photo of Colin Rohlfing Colin Rohlfing
Vice President, Director of Sustainable Development, Chicago, HDR Inc,
Portrait photo of Assal Yavari Assal Yavari
Sr. Director, Facilities & Operations, Gilead Sciences, Inc.


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