Photo Friday: Health is not a Typology – Design and Health Leadership Group of the American Institute of Architects

2016.10.28 Design and Health Leadership Group of the AIA 08537
(Partial group here, including R. Denise Everson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Suzanna Kelley, FAIA, Lindsey Mullarkey, Andrea Swiatocha, AIA, LEED AP, Shannon Kraus, FAIA, Shannon Criss, Associate Professor and Registered Architect, Victor Rubin, MCP, PhD, Andrew Ibrahim, MD, Bon Ku, MD, MPP, Ray Pentecost III, DrPH, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP, Matthew Welker, Ted Eytan, MD, Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP,Andrew Danneberg, MD MPH, Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA) – 2016.10.28 Design and Health Leadership Group of the AIA 08537 (View on

This week’s photo was taken at the iconic national headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (@AIAnational) with the Design and Health Leadership Group, which includes architects (of course), and also doctors of public health and medicine (surgeons, emergency room physicians, AND family doctors). I’ve described this group previously on this blog (see: Doctors should love architects: Design & Health Leadership Group 2016 Meeting )

The title of the post comes from an architecture term that I somewhat understand:

Typology (in urban planning and architecture) is the taxonomic classification of (usually physical) characteristics commonly found in buildings and urban places, according to their association with different categories, such as intensity of development (from natural or rural to highly urban), degrees of formality, and school of thought (for example, modernist or traditional). Individual characteristics form patterns. Patterns relate elements hierarchically across physical scales (from small details to large systems). – via Wikipedia

Get it? Maybe, maybe not, these quotes add some clarity:

the profession is stuck thinking about health either as a typology of hospitals and clinics or simply as disease mitigation and prevention. Instead, it should focus on creating spaces where health thrives. – Tye Farrow

This paradigm shift of recognizing the health effects of every space and building and seeking to foster health is a critical next step for the building professions, said the Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak

So, as health care works to redefine itself as accountable for health (and the leadership of it), our sibling professionals are also redefining their accountability alongside us, with our help and vice versa. Typology no more 🙂 .

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Ted Eytan, MD