Congratulations to Heather Burpee, who will represent the College of Built Environments as part of a new national initiative seeking to translate research on how design impacts public health into architectural practice. Together with Andrew Dannenberg, Affiliate Professor in the School of Public Health and Urban Design & Planning, she has been selected to join the American Institute of Architects’ multi-school Design & Health Research Consortium. Over a three-year period, the AIA and the Architects Foundation will provide support for the new members, promoting local and national partnerships and the sharing of knowledge.
Their work focuses on health in the built environment, including using Seattle’s Bullitt Center — the greenest commercial building in the world — as a test laboratory and serving on the steering committee of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, a sustainability initiative in a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.
“An oasis in a crowded city center, the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan, was built under the auspices of two American aid organizations, which brought together a U.S.-based design team, Afghan construction crews, and local government in a unique collaboration to restore and elevate a battered educational infrastructure for young women.”