Center for Design and Health, University of Virginia


Shore to Core

Churchill famously said, ‘we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.‘ (1948). Our research captures how the world shapes our health and wellbeing, how we experience place, what is going on in our minds and bodies as we move through space, and aims to apply this knowledge to the design and planning of the built environment. 

Our goal is to foster and apply research to design solutions that allow us be fitter, happier, more productive, age better, live longer, and help us all live together in a positive and meaningful way.  

Specifically, we aim to: