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CE Program: Public Health & Design | Exploring health and wellness in multifamily projects

When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: Center for Architecture and Design
14 East Peace Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27604
United States
Contact: Chris Stetkiewicz
(919) 463-0333

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Public health and design:

Exploring health and wellness in multifamily projects


August 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | 1 HSW Credit

Registration opens and lunch begins at 11:30 am

Center for Architecture & Design | 14 East Peace Street | Raleigh, NC

AIA Members/AIAT Sponsors: $15 | Non Members: $25

Program Description:

As relationships between the built environment and health outcomes become clearer through focused research initiatives, a gap remains in the implementation of health strategies in marketrate, multifamily developments. Private, multifamily developers have not traditionally been interested in public health conversations, but are becoming increasingly engaged as awareness of healthrelated issues grows and conversations begin to appear in both the media and in peer development companies. With rapidly increasing populations translating into a high demand for housing, the complex relationships between health and the built environment require interdisciplinary conversations including at least representatives from design, public health, and real estate. At a foundational level, each of these fields – design, public health, and real estate – talk about health in different ways, using disciplinespecific terms, meanings, and nuances.


This presentation reviews themes from interviews in a larger case study project, Real Estate Action in Community Health, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Engaging Businesses for Health funding initiative. Pulling from extensive interviews with different developers across the country, common themes are established that frame concerns, discussion topics, and targeted strategies. The findings shared will both encourage and support expanding health conversations between public health, design and real estate fields, shedding light on perceived barriers, incentives and misaligned terminology.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will identify health and wellness strategies gaining momentum in the multifamily housing market.
  2. Participants will evaluate and contrast terms related to health and wellness through the lenses of designer, developer, and public health experts.
  3. Participants will be able to list overall trends incorporating health and wellbeing into the built environment
  4. Participants will compare health and wellness strategies across established rating systems such as LEED, WELL, and Fetwel

Presented by:

Dr. Traci Rose Rider and Dr. J Aaron Hipp

Dr. Traci Rose Rider is Assistant Professor of Architecture, and Doctor of Design and PhD Faculty at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Her research interest involves design culture and the influence of sustainability; human – environment relations relating to health and wellness; designed spaces for environmental education; and design for special populations including children and the elderly. She teaches courses focusing on sustainability and beyond for the NC State School of Architecture, addressing topics such as existing buildings and operations, and the WELL Building Standard and Living Building Challenge.  Dr. J. Aaron Hipp is an Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management within the College of Natural Resources at NC State. His research focuses on the built environment and public health.

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