Janet S Baum, AIA, MArch

Executive and Continuing Professional Education
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ms. Baum is retired from the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design as Senior Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis, and from her responsibilities as founding Principal of the laboratory planning and design firm, Health, Education + Research Associates, Inc. She provided laboratory planning and programming services to the medical and academic communities, science and industry. Her expertise lies in incorporation of life safety and chemical safety for laboratory design. An architect, author, speaker, and educator on laboratory health and safety, Ms. Baum has focused over 50 years of experience in research and development facilities for medical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical clients, as well as chemistry, materials’ sciences and consumer products.


Her professional experience includes: Staff Architect, Harvard Medical School, 1973-1985; Architect and Principal, Payette Associates, Inc., 1985-1993; Director, Global Science and Technology Group, HOK, Inc., 1993-1996; Principal, Health, Education + Research Associates, Inc., 1996-2008; Senior Lecturer, Washington University, 2009 to 2015.


Ms. Baum is a former member of several National Academy of Science committees, former chairperson on the National Board on Assessment of National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Building and Fire Research Laboratory programs. She is a former board member of the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health and she sat on the editorial board for American Chemical Society’s Journal of Chemical Health and Safety. She was a member of Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities of National Institutes of Health.


She wrote a chapter for Accessibility in the Laboratory, edited by E. Sweet, W. Gower, and C. Helzel, PhD, published by Oxford University Press, 2018 and sponsored by American Chemical Society. Ms. Baum wrote two chapters on biosafety laboratories for Airborne Infection Control: Building Design and Engineering Approaches, edited by E. Nardell, M.D., C.R.C. Press, that has not published….yet.