Meaningful dialogue, strategic thinking and learning
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The Summit involved discussions with leading designers, researchers, and technologists with the goal of advancing collaborative models, evaluation, and impact.

Participants included experts from the fields of architecture, design, neuroscience, environmental psychology, and technology.

The IAM Lab research team is creating a synthesis of our collective learning from the Summit to help guide the field.

Together, more than 300 participants from around the world:

  • Engaged in dialogue, strategic thinking, and learning
  • Gained insights and shared provocations for deep discussion and brainstorming
  • Strategized about how to inform practice in healthcare, education, workplace, and civic spaces
  • Formed new collaborations through the lens of translational research and design
  • Began to co-develop a framework that brings researchers and practitioners together to design spaces that optimally support health and wellbeing

Day 01 Thu 09 Nov


Ronald J. Daniels, President of the Johns Hopkins University

Theodore L. DeWeese, Interim Dean of the School of Medicine, Medical Faculty and CEO, John Hopkins Medicine

Susan Magsamen, Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab

Why Architecture and Design Matters for the Future of Global Health

Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization and a co-founder of the Jameel Arts and Health Lab

Emmeline Edwards, Director of the Division of Extramural Research of NCCIH

Maria Rosario Jackson, Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts

Konstantin Kastrissianakis, Technical Grants Officer at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Susan Magsamen, Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab


Design and Human Experience

Moshe Bar, Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Bar-Ilan University

Erika Eitland, Co-Director of the Human Experience Lab at Perkins&Will

Zena Howard, Principal and Global Cultural and Civic Practice Chair at Perkins&Will

Mind-Body-Environment Connections

Tye Farrow, Senior Partner at Farrow Partners Architects

Frederick Marks, Visiting Scholar and Research Collaborator at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Anna Obraztsova, Senior Vice President at Delos and leader of the Delos Solutions team

Esther Sternberg, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine Research Director; Founding Director, University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance; Professor of Medicine, with joint appointments in Psychology, Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, and Nutrition and Wellness

Working Lunch

Small group discussions hosted by session panelists

Understanding Our Responses to Design

Julio Bermudez, Director of the Sacred Space and Cultural Studies graduate concentration at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning 

David Kirsh, Professor and past Chair of the Department of Cognitive Science at University of California San Diego

Edward Vessel, cognitive neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA)

Placemaking to Amplify Wellbeing

Elizabeth Diller, co-founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)

Colin Ellard, cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Waterloo; Director of the Urban Realities Laboratory

Jenny Roe, Professor and Director of the Center for Design & Health in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Designing for Inclusivity

Sean Ahlquist, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Director of the Lab for Socio-material Architectures

Magda Mostafa, Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University in Cairo; Special Needs Design Associate at Progressive Architects

Margaret Tarampi, Director of University Interdisciplinary Studies and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Hartford

What Design Can Do: Global Film Premiere and Discussion

Sarah Williams Goldhagen, author and architecture critic

Sarah Robinson, architect, writer and educator

Day 02 Fri 10 Nov

Curiosity and Collaboration

Anjan Chatterjee, Professor of Neurology, Psychology, and Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania; Founding Director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics

Michael Murphy, Thomas Ventulett Chair of Architecture at Georgia Tech; Co-Founder and Board Member of MASS Design Group

What’s New: Advances in Science and Technology

André Fenton, Professor of Neural Science at New York University

Robin Mazumder, environmental neuroscientist and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Technical University of Berlin

Misha Sra, John and Eileen Gerngross Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Director of the Human-AI Integration Lab

Julian Thayer, distinguished professor of psychological science in the University of California at Irvine’s School of Social Ecology

Creating Effective Translational Approaches

Upali Nanda, Global Practice Director, Research, and Principal at HKS; Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan; Executive Director of the nonprofit Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation

Itai Palti, Director of Hume; Founder, past Director, and current Advisor to The Centre for Conscious Design

Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin

Taking the Pulse: Summit Reflections

Susan Magsamen, Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab

Working Lunch

Small group discussions hosted by session panelists

Evaluating Complexity: How to Measure Impact

Sarah Billington, UPS Foundation Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University; Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Tasha Golden, Director of Research at the International Arts + Mind Lab

Jie Zhao, Head of Delos Labs; Executive Vice President at Delos

Fostering Culture Change in Companies, Clients, and Communities

Sally Augustin, Principal at Design With Science; Editor of Research Design Connections

Jennifer Kolstad, Global Design & Brand Director at Ford Motor Company

Suchi Reddy, Founder of Reddymade; lecturer at the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Luis Othon Villegas-Solis, Founder of LVS Architecture