The Centre for Conscious Design

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Urban Design & Mental Health

Andrew designs projects and workshops that explore the relationship between health, well-being, and the built environment. His work fosters appreciation of how urban environments impact communities, the value of using scientific approaches to build that knowledge, and the potential for public officials, community advocacy groups, designers, and other stakeholders to imagine and create better, healthier cities. As Associate Director of Research at Van Alen Institute, Andrew has presented to the NYC Department of Design and Construction on emerging ideas and trends in urban transportation; coordinated a workshop examining the mental health impacts of closing one of New York’s busiest subway lines; and brought scientists and designers together to discuss how their disciplines can better collaborate and create more human-centered environments in the future.