Teach  … Research  … Create

Our core team of experts represent transdisciplinary practitioners from architecture, human-centered design, medicine, neuroscience, anthropology, education, engineering, planning, transportation and urban design.  The strength of existing programs and research infrastructure, based primarily in California, reflect interests and accomplishments that extend beyond healthcare design alone.  

Our expertise and projects include:

  • Educational Modules
  • Literature Reviews + Publications
  • Presentations + Workshops
  • Technology + Tools for Design + Health
  • Pre-design Research Evaluations 
  • On-site Audits + Laboratory Research
  • Neuro-Architectural Workshops + Charrettes
  • Translational Design Innovations
  • Urban Design + Architecture
  • Health Impact Assessments
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluations
Immersive sound and visual simulation of hospital setting in the StarCAVE at UCSD.

Immersive sound and visual simulation of hospital setting in the StarCAVE at UCSD.

Our concepts of health in the 21st century go beyond the prevention and treatment of disease. How our physical and sensory environments contribute to health are taking on increasing importance,
— Dean Mia Savoia, UCSD School of Medicine

The built environment interacts with human performance and influences the body, brain + behavior.  Edelstein 2013 World Congress Design Health Journal.

We have brought together unconventional, interdisciplinary partnerships to inform the design of environments that encourage healthy behaviors and improve public-health outcomes.
— Eve Edelstein, PhD, EDAC, F-AAA Director, DesignHealth CoLab
Edelstein in StarCAVE at UCSD using real-time interstice and fully immersive digital renderings in full-scale.

Edelstein in StarCAVE at UCSD using real-time interstice and fully immersive digital renderings in full-scale.

Our decade-long and continuing collaboration among NewSchool of Architecture & Design, the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, UC San Diego, Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute and Innovative Design Science address many challenges presented by the sensory environment. These interactions have produced innovations for real-time, real-scale visualization and sonification in virtual-reality environments, as well as eye tracking and synchronous electrophysiological tracking to enhance the scope and accuracy of sensory environment studies.  

We foresee the use of new methods to track the response to design that encourages physical activity, including the use of full-scale virtual and immersive environments in which visual attention, clinical status and the brain’s reactions to specific design components may evaluated.  Opportunities include the use of infrastructure that links environmental and biometric sensors to track movement and vital health statistics via smart mobile sensors as well as sensory, emotional and cognitive responses.