Rooms for Wellbeing

Rooms for Wellbeing takes you to the future of healthy buildings. Rooms for Wellbeing was an interactive, immersive exhibit in which visitors experienced simulations of state-of-the-art methods and wearable technologies used by the Wellbuilt for Wellbeing Team to measure the impact of the built environment on human health and wellbeing.

Attendees were guided through a series of short, data-driven narratives depicting key findings from ongoing research studies in federal buildings, led by the University of Arizona's Institute on Place and Wellbeing in partnership with the US General Services Administration and Aclima, Inc.

This research combines real-time measures of environmental attributes including temperature, light, sound, and indoor air quality, linked with real-time behavioral, psychological, and physiological responses. This research will inform building standards for design and operation of optimally healthy environments. Data from this study was reported at AIA Session TH210.

Resource library

Wellbuilt for Wellbeing Handout for AIA

Effects of the physical work environment on physiological measures of stress

Sound Matters: How to achieve acoustic comfort in the contemporary office

Healing Spaces The Science of Place and Well-Being

Sustainable Facilities Tool

The University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing

The University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

The University of Arizona Drachman Institute

The University of Arizona Corporate Health Innovation Program

University of Arizona Partners

Exhibit Sponsors

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Best in Show, Small Booth Category
AIA Convention Expo

May, 2016
Pennsylvania Convention Center

UA IPWP Leadership and Core Faculty


Esther M. Sternberg MD,
Director Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance
Research Director, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
Andrew Weil Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine

Research Faculty

Altaf Engineer, Ph.D., NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Professor, UA IPWP | School of Architecture, CAPLA

Omar Youssef
Research Associate, UA IPWP | Lecturer, School of Architecture, CAPLA

Erica Baranski, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, UA IPWP

Aletheia Ida, Ph.D., Architect
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, CAPLA

UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Robert Miller, AIA, Director, Architecture
Brooks Jeffery, MS, Professor

UA Department of Psychology, College of Science

Matthias Mehl, Ph.D., Professor, Director, Naturalistic Observation of Social Interaction Laboratory
Alexander Danvers, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate

UA IPWP Affiliates

Data7, Data Science Institute:
Nirav Merchant, Director, Information Technology – Arizona Research Labs Co-PI, CyVerse Image Informatics (Interim)
Susan Miller, Deputy Director for Research Cyberinfrastructure - Data7

Center for Biomedical Informatics & Biostatistics:
Dean Billheimer, Ph.D., Director, Statistics Consulting Laboratory (StatLab), Biostatistics Professor, Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC)

Sudha Ram, PhD, Director
Faiz Currim, PhD, Researcher
Karthik Srinivasan, MS

iCAMP Baylor College of Medicine (Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance):
Bijan Najafi, PhD, Director
Javad Razjouyan, PhD, M.BME, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Hung Nguyen, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate