You may have seen our post about the WELL Building Standard last month. Since then, we are excited to learn about the AIA and WELL Building Partnership. The AIA (American Institute of Architects) announced that the IWBI (International WELL Building Institute) will be its first corporate partner in the Institute’s history.
Why are they partnering?
The WELL Building Standard is considered to be the first building standard that focuses specifically on the health and wellness building occupants. The AIA has been investigating the impact of design on human health and well-being for over a decade, so the partnership is a good fit. The partnership will benefit both organization’s efforts to further the focus on designing with health and well-being at the forefront.
What will come of the partnership?
WELL will host workshops and seminars around the country in order to bring leading health and design information and research to AIA members. Through these workshops, AIA members will be able to continue advancing the focus of health and wellness in design and architecture.
“Design has the power to improve the health of the American public,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “Partnering with IWBI will engage and empower our architect members and more effectively link the built environment with public health and well-being…”
The AIA and WELL Building Partnership will co-develop a publication detailing the ways in which design can improve health and well-being of building occupants. The partnership will allow for shared research and informational articles that will support the AIA’s Design and Health Research Consortium.
For more information on this partnership, click here.