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Design Is a Public Health Intervention

Perkins&Will’s podcast about the power of design arrives January 2022. In Series 1, hosts Monica Kumar and Dr. Erika Eitland dive into the Healthy Buildings Movement and why “design is a public health intervention.”

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Episode 01

Welcome to the Healthy Buildings Movement

Get to know our hosts, Dr. Erika Eitland and Monica Kumar as they walk you through the movement that has brought us to this healthy buildings moment. They shed light on the obstacles to healthier spaces and talk to Dr. Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard University. You too can use the power of design to make healthy, equitable environments for everyone.

Episode 01 Extra

In the Room with Dr. Joseph Allen

Listen to the first installment of “In the Room With,” where we share the full interviews with our thought-provoking guests. Following on the heels of our first episode, we’re taking you into the room for the longer conversation with Dr. Joe Allen at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Plus, hear an introduction from Yehia Madkour, innovation director in Perkins&Will’s Vancouver studio.

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Episode 02

Love in the Time of PFAS

Hosts Monica and Erika seek out some tough love on one of our most intimate relationships: the one between buildings and our bodies. Learn what happens when chemical manufacturers withhold health information from consumers, specifically about a class of synthetic chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). You’ll hear from environmental health and design experts as well as Healthy Materials Lab founders Alison Mears and Jonsara Ruth.

Episode 02 Extra

In the Room with Alison Mears and Jonsara Ruth

Hear the full interview with our expert guests from Episode 02, Alison Mears and Jonsara Ruth, founders of the Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design. Learn about who holds the power to make our built environment healthier and a special case study featuring America’s largest landlord, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Plus, hear a warm introduction from Kimberly Seigel, a research knowledge manager and co-director of our Material Performance Lab.

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Episode 03

Putting the “I” in IAQ

Erika and Monica go back to school to understand the dire state of indoor air quality in the buildings at the heart of the Healthy Buildings Movement: U.S. K–12 schools. They connect with healthy schools advocates around the country and talk to Tracy Washington Enger at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the rock stars who are making an impact in their school districts. 

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In the Room with Tracy Washington Enger

Hear the full interview with our expert guest from Episode 03, Tracy Washington Enger at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Find out how Tracy and the Indoor Environments Division turned knowledge into action with their Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools program and why this is our moment to make our schools “palaces of learning.” Plus, hear a special introduction from Rachael Dumas, the K–12 knowledge manager at Perkins&Will.