“Architects are public health workers. We have a partnership – public health professionals and architects and planners. Our minds have to talk because we have an influence on America’s public health that we’re only now beginning to grasp.”
Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak
Acting US Surgeon General
Evidence has shown that there is a meaningful correlation between design strategies and health. In an effort to bring awareness to how each complement one another, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Foundation hosted a summit to explore the connection.
Almost 100 professionals – ranging in expertise from built environment, health and policy experts – gathered to report on their findings between design and health collaborations.
Experts were asked to consider initiatives to pave the way for design and health in the future: To identify the part of public health that belongs to design, ways to structure design into codes and standards to yield positive health outcomes, and the ways in which design solutions address a wide range of health results.
Different measurements and individual studies produced varying papers, but the findings presented confirmed the intent of the Summit: In regards to health, design proves a tremendous value. By infusing health and wellness projects with purposeful design strategies, architects can promote active living and social connectivity in healthy, safe environments.
Associate Principal Stuart Stoller and Associate Alexis Burck submitted a case study to the Summit, held April 22-24, 2014. Their study, focused on the SGPA project, Lincoln Glen Manor was one of 15 selected nationally into this publication series.
Completed in 2012 and located in San Jose, California, Lincoln Glen Manor was a renovation and expansion designed to accommodate the changing needs of seniors. The forty-year old central facilities building was extensively renovated to include a new, open kitchen, large multi-purpose dining space, computer room, chapel, beauty parlor, and administrative offices. Mr. Stoller and Ms. Burck’s study of Lincoln Glen Manor champions the influence conscious design decisions have on seniors’ increased interaction with their community.
To view their submitted paper in its entirety, click here.