My work centers around the belief that we have to force a collision between two disciplines: building science and health science. To that end, I founded the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. One of the first goals of the program was to synthesize 30 years of public health science into identifying what it is that makes a building “healthy.” We summarize our findings in the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building report.
I also cowrote Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity (Harvard University Press; 2020, re-released in 2022 with a new chapter on pandemic resilience) with John Macomber. Building on the mission of the Healthy Buildings Program, we combined our expertise in the fields of public health, urban resilience, commercial real estate, and building science to show the impact buildings have on our health and performance, and how every indoor environment can be made healthier for the people inside.
A New York Times Book of the Year
A Fortune Best Book of the Year
An AIA New York Book of the Year
“This book should be essential reading for all who commission, design, manage, and use buildings—indeed anyone who is interested in a healthy environment.”—Norman Foster