Measuring well-being, whether physical, emotional or environmental, can be elusive. More and more research-based approaches have taken on this challenge. At the third installment of this three-part AIANY Social Science and Research Committee series, learn how quantitative and qualitative tools, from national systems to ethnographic research, are being deployed to integrate the role of the social sciences into the practice of architecture.
Architecture’s impact on the social and psychological well-being of humans has been recognized, yet little has been done to integrate insights from the social sciences into architectural practice. Nationally recognized organizations in the field of sustainability have expanded their programs to address aspects of well-being or have created entirely separate programs to do so. At the local level, individual practitioners have likewise developed their own systems. However, many of these efforts have not been comprehensive and have gone under the radar when compared to other integrated fields such as environmental sustainability. Panelists will discuss the way methods and metrics from architecture and social science practices are used in well-being measurements systems.
Organized by: AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee
Leah Meisterlin, Assistant Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Clare Miflin, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects; Certified Passive House Designer
Jennifer Preston, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, Sustainable Design Director, BKSK Architects
Nathan Stodola, Vice President, Product Development, International WELL Building Institute
Moderator: Makalé Faber Cullen, Director, Lore; Anthropologist, American Folk Life Center, Library of Congress