Conscious Phoenix: Shaping Collaboration
Online (Zoom)
21 October, 2020




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What does conscious design mean in our desert region and beyond? How can we collaborate to achieve it? Talks by local experts will be followed up by open dialogue addressing how we can foster a healthier, more consciously designed world using our local environment as a lens.

University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance

Internationally recognized design and health pioneer, Esther Sternberg M.D. is Founding Director, UArizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance, linking the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM), Colleges of Medicine; Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Engineering; Science; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is Research Director, AWCIM, Andrew Weil Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine and Research Professor, Medicine and Psychology. Formerly a Senior Scientist and Section Chief, National Institutes of Health (1986-2012); and a founding member of the American Institute of Architects’ Design and Health Leadership Group and Design and Health Research Consortium, she has advised the US Surgeon General, US General Services Administration, US Department of Defense, US Green Building Council, Australian Green Building Council and the Vatican on the built environment and health. She has received the highest NIH, HHS, and FDA awards, and was recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of 339 women who “Changed the Face of Medicine.” She received an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin for her work, and served as member (2013-2018) and Chair (2018) of NLM’s Board of Regents.

Her multi-year research projects with the GSA (Wellbuilt for Wellbeing) and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (IARPA MOSAIC/Lockheed Martin RAAMP2), apply wearable and stationary devices to measure built environment impacts on health, informing design standards and federal policy. She currently serves on the International WELL Building Institute’s Task Force on COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections: Prevention and Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery. Her best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing (Harvard University Press) helped launch the field.

University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance

Altaf Engineer PhD is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing and Performance (UA IPWP), an interdisciplinary institute at the University of Arizona that links expertise of the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) and the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). He is also chair of the Master of Science in Architecture - Health and Built Environment Program (MS Arch - HBE).

Altaf holds a PhD in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Illinois Distinguished Fellow for three years and awarded the ARCC King’s Merit Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Behavior Research. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a registered architect in New York, USA and in India, and NCARB certified. He also is a LEED Accredited Professional with ten plus years of experience in sustainable higher education buildings, institutional buildings, adaptive re-use and residential projects.

University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance

Omar Youssef PhD, Assoc. AIA is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and a Research Associate in the Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance (IPWP) at the University of Arizona. He has degrees in Interdisciplinary Sciences (PhD) and Design + Energy Conservation (MSc) from the University of Arizona. Youssef teaches environmental control systems, sustainable architecture studio and advanced computer simulation for thermal performance optimization of Buildings.  His research utilizes cutting edge technology to assess the impacts of the built environment on human health and wellbeing.