Public Health

What we do

The UIA Public Health Group helps members of the design professions understand and accept their responsibility to create places that protect health, develop better health and restore health once it is impaired.  Every project by every professional in every practice impacts the health of the people who use it, which means that the work of the Public Health Group is relevant and useful to every architect in every Member Section of the UIA – and the world.  Recent experience with COVID-19 has reinforced in our minds the impact that design can have on our health and on the spread of disease.

 

How we do it

The UIA Public Health Work Programme enjoys a rich history of seminars developed for its members, often in collaboration with partner organisations like the IHF and WHO.  In addition, UIA Public Health often takes a leadership role in organising or facilitating discussion groups at international congresses on health architecture and engineering.  The UIA Public Health Work Programme, with its Secretariat,  is preparing important new global initiatives on designing for health.

 

2022: UIA Year of Design for Health

During the UIA General Assembly held in July 2021, there was near unanimous support for a proposal to declare 2022 as The Year of Design for Health.  This recognised both the high priority of designing for health in our world today and reflected the universal responsibility among architects to create environments that respect that high priority.  As part of this international year-long celebration and commitment, the UIA has pledged to do the following:

  1. Urge all UIA member sections to encourage architects and their clients to use evidence-based design to promote health in buildings and cities;
  2. Launch an open-access digital information hub on designing for improved health, benefitting all nations;
  3. Establish an international research agenda to advance the goals of designing for health; and,
  4. Support the creation of resources that will help architects conduct research in designing for health.

 

For more information…

The UIA Public Health Work Programme has established a Secretariat at the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University in the United States.  For information on PHG membership guidelines, as well as opportunities for service and news of important upcoming events, please visit our website.

Directors

Ray Pentecost

Members

R. Chandra Shekhar
India
Luis Fernando Abello Carranza
Colombia
Beatrice Benesperi
Italy
Christian Benimana
Rwanda
Kevin Bingham
South Africa
Darryl Carey
New Zealand
Arif Changezi
Pakistan
Hakim El-Afifi
Egypt
Mennat A. El-Husseiny
Egypt
Cliff Harvey
Canada
Kin Wai Stephen Ho
Hong Kong SAR China
Tarek Ibrahim
Lebanon
Karin Imoberdorf
Switzerland
Shamima Sharmin Kazi
Bangladesh
Warren Kerr
Australia
Zsolt Istvan Kiss
Hungary
Yulong Liu
China
Hao Long
China
Luis Enrique Lopez Cardiel
Mexico
Georges J. Mann
United States
Jeronimo Morais
Brazil
Musembi Mumo
Kenya
Norwina Binti Mohd. Nawawi
Malaysia
Moradeke Okunrinboye
Nigeria
Nirit Pilosof
Israel
Yi Qi
China
Shafique Rahman
Bangladesh
Briseyda Resendiz Marquez
Mexico
Thomas Schinko
France
Gyanendra Shakya
Nepal
Fani Vavili-Tsinika
Greece
Yuanping Zhang
China
Lu Zhipeng
United States
Nicolas van Oost
Belgium