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Health in Buildings RoundtableImproving Lives with Health-centered Buildings

Diana Nicholas

Assistant Professor, Architecture
Drexel University

Design research and tools for the design of healthy urban spaces in underserved communities with a focus on the residential interior are the center of research for Assistant Professor Nicholas (Dee). As a design researcher, Dee believes that informed design and trans-disciplinary collaboration are at the heart of novel advances and improvements in the built environment. Dee instructs Graduate Design Students and is the Director to the MS Design Research Program in the Department of Architecture, Design and Urbanism; a program she co-authored with standing faculty. With a specialty in interdisciplinary immersive courses and as a member of Drexel’s AIA Health and Research Consortium, one of fourteen consortiums nationwide, her research practice is focused on scholarship for health through reduction of stress in the urban living environment. An engine for collaborative projects, human centered design innovation, experimentation, and material innovation this work is called Integral Living Research. She has presented work at both national and international conferences. Most recently, the work of her graduate students and research group was presented in Rome, Boston and Denmark. Her work has been published and exhibited in a variety of academic conferences and journals including The Plan Journal, ii Journal, ARCH IN-Form, ARCC and ACSA.