Build Magazine April 2016

Build Magazine 36 he American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International WELL Build- ing Institute™ (IWBI)™ has announced a partnership to advance the AIA’s de- sign and health initiative. As the first sponsor of the initiative, IWBI will bring leading edge health and design information, research, and professional edu- cation opportunities to AIA members to enable their stewardship of health and wellness-focused design and architecture. Through WELL Workshops hosted around the country, AIA will provide educational op- portunities to support its membership in becoming WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs). “Design has the power to improve the health of the American public,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “Partnering with IWBI will engage and empower our architect members and more effectively link the built environment with public health and well-being as the WELL Building Standard™ is adopted in the marketplace.” The partnership will generate shared research, co-developed informational articles, and direct support for the AIA’s recently established Design and Health Research Consortium. The AIA and IWBI will co-develop a publication detailing the ways in which architects can improve health and well-being through design, which the AIA will share with all 87,000 members. As part of the partner- ship, AIA will also engage its full membership in regionally available WELL Workshops, webinars and other online educational opportunities. The AIA and IWBI will also collaborate on a special event to be held at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia aimed to inspire attendees with the latest research on design and health issues and honor practitioners dedicated to designing places that inspire health and well-being. As part of the collaboration, IWBI will sup- port the education of a WELL/AIA Summer Scholar to help develop a new architecture professional in the marketplace focused on design, health and well-being. Additionally, IWBI will support the annual Design and Health Research Consortium convening beginning today in Washington, DC. “Architects play a pivotal role in design- ing for health and wellness – from site orientation and architectural design to material specification and beyond,” said Paul Scialla, founder and Chief Executive Officer of IWBI. “We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the AIA to drive the research agenda and to make sure every AIA member has access to leading edge professional education about health, wellness, and design.” The AIA has been investigating the possible impact of design on human health and well-being for more than a decade, begin- ning when its 2003 Annual Convention explored the impact of design on neuroscience. Recommendations on advancing research and education for architects from two later AIA-led meetings of architects and public health experts received AIA board approval and formed the basis for AIA’s current strategic initiative. In 2013, the AIA brought together its Design and Health Leadership Group, a multi-disciplinary group that guides the strategic direction of the AIA’s efforts in this area. Members of this group come from leading academic universities, policy think tanks and award-winning architecture firms around the country. New Partnership Promotes Wellbeing Through Architecture Architects and the International WELL Building Institute™ Form Partnership to Elevate Health and Wellness in Design. T