1. David van der Leer

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    David van der Leer is a forecaster, strategist, researcher, and writer. In 2018, David founded DVDL after having worked and consulted with institutions, government agencies, corporations, and individuals for 15 years. DVDL is an agency of innovators and strategists working at the intersection of cultural analysis and human behavior. DVDL develops models and concepts that bring the future of communities, public spaces, and cultural institutions into focus by creating a greater understanding of how to guide those towards people and the issues they hold dear.

    From 2013 to 2018, David was the Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. This design nonprofit develops cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions to make cities better. Before repositioning Van Alen Institute, David created and curated the Architecture and Urban Studies program for the Guggenheim Museum from 2008 to 2013. David developed and co-curated the highly publicized BMW Guggenheim Lab at the Guggenheim, which traveled from New York City to Berlin and Mumbai in its own building. He curated projects like stillspotting nyc and exhibitions like Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward. In 2012, he co-curated the United States Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2011 he curated for the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. In 2010, The New York Times recognized David as one of ten promising curators of the next generation.


  2. Street Plans

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    Street Plans is an urban planning, design, research-advocacy firm.

  3. Space Syntax

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    Space Syntax provides creative expertise in architecture & urban planning. Operating worldwide, we combine global design experience with advanced digital technologies. Our modelling tools forecast the social, economic & environmental impacts of development on mobility, land value, resilience & health.

  4. Center for Design and Health, University of Virginia

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    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:

    • Drive world-class scientific research on the neurological and psychological impact of environments on the human mind
    • Translate basic research into design practices
    • Promote excellence in teaching to educate a new generation of design-health professionals and leaders to promote a vision for healthy, inclusive places
    • Generate impact and serve as the definitive ‘go-to’ design-health resource for Virginia and beyond
    • Drive discourse within the disciplines of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture as agents of health change

  5. Happy City

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    Happy City is an urban planning and design consultancy. We use the science of wellbeing to create healthier, happier and more inclusive communities.

  6. ecosistema urbano

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    ecosistema urbano is a design and consulting company operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology, with offices in Madrid and Miami.

    We define our approach as urban social design, by which we understand the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. We have used this philosophy to design and implement projects in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France and China.

  7. Jenny Roe

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    Jenny Roe, PhD is Professor and Director of the Center for Design & Health in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. An environmental psychologist and former head of Landscape Architecture for an international architectural practice, she has written extensively on the impact of the environment on health and wellbeing including for the World Health Organization and The Lancet. She has over 15 years’ experience in researching the use of ‘restorative environments’ to build healthier urban societies and communities including a vital role for urban parks and green space, with a focus on health equity.

  8. Perkins&Will

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    Since 1935, we’ve believed that design has the power to make the world a better, more beautiful place. That’s why clients and community members on nearly every continent partner with us to design healthy, happy places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. We’re passionate about human-centered design, and how design can impact our lives through sustainability, resilience, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and mobility. And we’re committed to advancing design through research. Our team of 2,500 professionals provides worldwide interdisciplinary services in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, landscape architecture, and more, and includes our partners Portland, Nelson\Nygaard, Genesis Planning, and Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR).