The College of Architecture is among the first to lead AIA

College of Architecture Named Charter Member of Research Group

Program among first to lead American Institute of Architects Design and Health Research Consortium.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) on Monday named Texas Tech University’s Health and Design Research Institute in the College of Architecture as one of the 11 charter members to the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium. The Institute is composed of departments from both Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

The consortium comprises 11 architecture schools and schools of public health throughout the country and is tasked with funding basic research on how design affects public health. It is a project of the AIA, the AIA Foundation and the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Andrew Vernooy, dean of the college, said this consortium will benefit not only the students of the college but of several different colleges throughout the Texas Tech University System. He said it will bring together areas such as the new Department of Public Health, the Institute of Environmental and Human Health, the Department of Design, the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics and the Health Organization and Management Program.

“We’re delighted to be the initiator of the whole effort,” Vernooy said. “But it’s particularly important to the system because this brings together both Texas Tech and the Health Sciences Center around a single effort to work with the American Institute of Architects. It is truly an interdisciplinary opportunity in the area of design and health that is being promoted by the AIA in an effort important to the future of the nation economically as well as in terms of health.”