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Julia Africa

Biophilic Design & Wellness Consultant
Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School

Julia Africa led the biophilic design and restorative landscape areas of the Nature and Health program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an academic research center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, from 2012-2017. In this role, she examined the ways in which nature (parks and green spaces) and natural design cues (natural features in built environment settings) in urban settings support psychological and physiological health and resilience. Ms. Africa has completed graduate coursework in environmental health, exposure assessment, and sustainable design at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MDesS conferred in 2011). She also holds a MAOM Chinese Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. In addition to HiBR, Ms. Africa is a member of the International Living Future Institute's Biophilic Design Advisory Board and the Biophilic Cities Network.