We're here to turn design inside out.

Erika Eitland, ScD, MPH

Director, Human Experience (Hx) Lab, Boston

Erika is a public health scientist and director of Perkins&Will’s Human Experience (Hx) Lab. She leads the firm’s research on the population-scale health impacts of our K–12 schools, affordable housing, and urban frameworks. She earned her doctorate in Environmental Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she was the lead author of “Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success,” a report that examined more than 250 scientific articles on the association between building quality and student health and performance. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Climate and Health from Columbia University.

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Monica Kumar

Interior Designer and Research Specialist, New York

As an interior designer and materials specialist, Monica takes pride in crafting workplaces that support physical and emotional well-being. With a uniquely multidisciplinary background in consumer policy and biology, she adheres to a design process grounded in evidence, research, transparency, and integrity. She brings an expertise in sourcing and designing with healthier building products to every project and, through knowledge sharing, empowers project teams to optimize decision making around building products. Monica also shares her knowledge with the next generation as a visiting assistant professor in the Interior Design MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design.

Lauren Neefe, Ph.D.

X Factor, Atlanta

Lauren is a researcher, writer, editor, and audio producer for strategic communications and editorial projects throughout Perkins&Will. From planning documents and history exhibits to microsites and academic essays about museums and memorials, her superpower is balancing terms of art with a conversational style and compelling story. She has a Ph.D. in English literature, specializing in Romanticism, media history, and sound studies, and an M.A. in poetry from the Writing Seminars. She is an award-winning teacher, a longtime magazine and book editor, an art lover, an audiophile, and far more interested in descriptive than prescriptive grammar.

Anna Wissler

Creative Strategist, Boston

Anna is a writer and graphic designer who leads external communications for Perkins&Will’s Boston studio. Her strength lies in the intertwining of photography, narrative, and graphics to tell impactful stories about design, and then optimizing those stories for web, social media, digital media, and awards programs. Her creative insights have helped teams get their work and ideas recognized in industry-leading outlets such as Fast Company and Architectural Record. Anna collaborates on strategic firmwide initiatives, including the firm’s COVID Insights and web-based toolkit Healthy Schools by Design.

Creators

Dr. Erika Eitland
Host

Monica Kumar
Host

Dr. Lauren Neefe
Executive Producer, Editor

Anna Wissler
Co-Producer, Art Director

Advisers

​Jackson Brantley
​Pat Bosch
Julio Brenes
Patricia Forman
Kaila Haindl
Mimi Hines
​Casey Jones
Yehia Madkour
Angela Miller
Rachel Rose
Kimberly Seigel
Newlin Tillunger

Contributors

Threaded Films
Mixing and Sound Editing

Epidemic Sound
Music

Julio Brenes
Illustrator