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Richard Jackson, Hon. AIA, of the UCLA School of Environment and Public Health. -

Richard Jackson, Hon. AIA, of the UCLA School of Environment and Public Health.

Second General Session: Designing Healthy Communities


Dr. Richard Jackson, Hon. AIA, MD, MPH, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health


CE Sessions
1.00 HSW
1.00 LUH


Saturday, November 9, 2013
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Class Code: 107

Room / Location

Ballroom ABC / Convention Center Second Floor


Vitruvius taught that buildings must be strong, useful, and artful. And 1500 years later Leonardo drew his “Vitruvian” man to apprise us of the beautiful geometry of the human form and its ideal symmetry to physical space. Health and buildings are forever connected. The links between architecture and well-being are richer than merely affording safety from injury. Buildings can and should be agents of health – physical, mental and social health. And good buildings and urban plans do precisely that.

About Dr. Richard Jackson, Hon. AIA

Dr. Richard Jackson, Hon. AIA, MD, MPH, was one of the first voices to link the rapidly deteriorating public health of America’s citizens to nearly half a century of bad design decisions, now frozen in concrete. A former chief public health officer in the State of California and director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC in Atlanta, Jackson’s work has examined the enormous impact the built environment has on key public health indices, including obesity, diabetes, asthma, cancer, and depression. All of his studies indicated that for the first time in our nation’s history, the built environment is subtracting years of life from our children. Architects must understand that the medical system alone is unable to manage these health threats.

Jackson stresses the significance of architecture and design in the matter of health, stating: “Just as we design resilience into our buildings, we must design health into our buildings. There is no one formula to do this, but a good start would be placing buildings in neighborhoods with sidewalks, near parks, schools and places with good access to healthy food. By creating health-giving buildings that reward and encourage stair-climbing, by making spaces that encourage and welcome social interaction, by having building areas that have secure bicycle parking and showers that support active travel, by de-emphasizing nearby parking, and finally by the creation of lively spaces with good ‘eyes on the street’, architects will helps us all to be healthier and happier.”


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