Morgan State University was among six universities added as new members to the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium, a joint program of the Architects Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Mohammad Gharipour, Ph.D. associate professor in Morgan’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), was instrumental in implementing the membership process.
Morgan, which was recognized for SA+P’s research in the area of the built environment and public health, will join a collaborative consortium that is helping translate research on design’s influence on public health into architectural practice for the public, policymakers and design and public health professionals.
The group was initially drawn to the University’s Community, Design, and Health (CDH) Forum, which encourages interdisciplinary research on the relationships among community, design and health. The CDH engages students from multiple departments — architecture, planning, landscape architecture, sociology, public health, psychology and nursing — in academic and professional conversations about health and design, and aspires to develop undergraduate and graduate students who can identify, design and develop healthy environments.
The consortium is looking for Morgan, as a new member, to add to the depth of its collective work, particularly in the areas of natural systems and promotion of physical activity. The aim is that the work produced will translate into findings for practice and offer rigorous research that others can build on. The addition of the new members brings the total number of contributing institutions to 17.
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