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The nature and extent of healthy architecture: the current state of progress

Rice, Louis

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Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture


© 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: The design of the built environment is a determinant of health. Accordingly, there is an increasing need for greater harmonization of the architectural profession and public health. However, there is a lack of knowledge on whether designers of the built environment are changing their practices to deliver healthier urban habitats. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach: The research uses a multi-method approach to data analysis, including: systematic mapping study, structured review and thematic analysis. Findings: The research finds that there are almost no requirements for the compulsory inclusion of health across institutions and agencies that have the power to execute and mandate the scope of architectural profession, training, education, practice or knowledge. Despite the urgent need for action and the myriad entreatments for greater integration between architecture and health, there is very little evidence progress. Practical implications: The research has implications for the architectural profession and architectural education. Health and well-being is not currently an integral part of the educational or professional training requirements for architects. University educational curriculum and Continuing Professional Development criteria need to better integrate health and well-being into their knowledge-base. Social implications: The design of the built environment is currently undertaken by an architectural profession that lacks specialized knowledge of health and well-being. There is a risk to society of environments that fail to adequately protect and promote the health and well-being of its inhabitants. Originality/value: The research evidences, for the first time, the lack of integration of “health and wellbeing” within the architecture profession training or education systems.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 6, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 8, 2019
Publication Date Jul 15, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 26, 2019
Journal Archnet-IJAR
Print ISSN 1938-7806
Electronic ISSN 1938-7806
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 244-259
Keywords health, architecture, pedagogy, wellbeing, design
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here:
Contract Date Feb 8, 2019


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