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About World Health Design

World Health Design is published in print and online four times a year by the International Academy for Design & Health

To access all previous issues of World Health Design, click here.

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WHD also publish special reports on Healthy City Design and Sustainable Healthcare Design, follow the links to the right to view the publications.

Design & Health is a global, interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to creating and sharing research findings concerning the interaction between architecture, science, technology and culture in the promotion of human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Our vision: Improving health through design
To create social, economic and cultural value within global communities through the promotion and advocacy of high quality research based design and professional practice in the development of salutogenic built environments and technologies that improve human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Our mission
To be the leading global forum for researchers, practitioners, decision
and policy makers and industry.

Our objectives
• To serve as the leading global forum for researchers, practitioners, industry, governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s)
• To develop and promote the exchange of information, knowledge and research
• To advocate design standards that contribute to health
• To collaborate as research partners in the development of built environments
• To provide training in research, practice, industry, governmental and NGO leaders

Our values
• To be creative, innovative and inspirational with integrity and honesty
• To embrace sustainability in our business practices, products and services
• To be a global learning organisation
• To be transparent and accountable
• To develop our stakeholders interests and exceed their expectations
• To demonstrate a high level of corporate social responsibility and empathy
• To be fair and not to discriminate on economic, social, cultural or political grounds

World Health Design is a subscription based journal with an interdisciplinary readership that includes architects, designers, developers, health scientists, clinicians, health managers, psychologists, economists working within government, academia and business. To subscribe, click here.

The editorial content strives for a balanced mix of scientific articles and research papers combined with business and professional content including news, opinion, thought leader interviews, project reviews, book reviews, feature articles, events diary, letters, product information and advertising. The editorial team welcomes submissions from researchers and practitioners. Click here for contributor guidelines and media information.

Advisory Board
All editorial is advised on, reviewed and approved by World Health Design’s Editorial Advisory Board, made up of an interdisciplinary mix of global experts based in research and practice from around the world.

World Health Design's Editorial Advisory Board is comprised of leading researchers and practioners with multidisciplinary backgrounds from all over the world.

Chairman of Scientific Review

Dr John Zeisel PhD, US
Dr Zeisel is president of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, a company with its headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts that manages assisted living treatment residences for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. In 1998, Dr Zeisel was honoured with the Environment Design Research Association's (EDRA) Career Award for his contributions to design research. In the same year, he received the EDRA/Places research award for examining the effects of the physical environment on health and well-being of people with Alzheimer's disease Dr Zeisel received his PhD in sociology from Columbia University and a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University, School of Design. He is the author of ‘Inquiry by Design’, a standard reference in many architecture, design and social science courses.

The Board

Dr John Zeisel PhD, USA
Dr Alan Dilani PhD, Sweden
Prof Jacqueline Vischer PhD, Canada
Dr Innocent Okpanum PhD, South Africa
Dato Dr Abd Rahim bin Mohamad, Malaysia
Prof Anthony Capon PhD, Australia
Prof Ihab Elzeyadi PhD, USA
Prof David Allison, USA
Prof Ian Forbes, Australia
John Wells-Thorpe, UK
Mark Johnson, USA
Mike Nightingale, UK

What our readers say about us?

One year after its launch, World Health Design is already established as the leading international resource for researchers and practitioners working in the field of design & health. Here are just some of the tributes the journal has received since its launch:

“There are few journals of such quality in the health market and World Health Design is in a different league. I particularly enjoy the international aspect and being able to see global solutions to general or local problems. It’s also unusual and refreshing to see a scientific review in a design journal.”
Pat Young, Design Specialist, National Patient Safety Agency, UK
World Health Design is an important tool for those interested in healthcare design and research. It is one of the only sources that aims to bridge the gap between practice and research. I look forward to seeing the next issue and contributing in any way I can.
Diana Anderson, WHR Architects, USA

World Health Design has been warmly received by all my colleagues.  Keeping health planners and architects happy with the same publication – you must be doing a lot right!
Craig Dixon, Tribal Consulting, UK

Your new publication is absolutely fabulous! The articles are all of high substance, the projects are interesting and well-designed, the art direction and layout is superb and there are lots of colour photos. It walks the line between the HERD Journal and Healthcare Design magazine which is a really interesting concept. I am going to subscribe today
Jain Malkin, Jain Malkin Co., USA
I congratulate the World Health Design team on an excellent, well presented and thought provoking publication...well done.
Kieran Morgan, Health Development Director, Nightingale Associates, UK
World Health Design is a very nice journal and fits perfectly the purpose
Frank Chantelot, director, TLV, France
World Health Design is really impressive. I like the mix of practice, research, and industry news.
Susan Rodiek, Centre for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University
It’s beautiful. Lots of great content.
Tye Farrow, Farrow Partnership Architects, Canada
A really impressive publication - well done!
Adrian Marriott, Tribal Consulting, UK
WHD is the missing platform for all who share the same vision for healthcare design. I am delighted to be on the Editorial Advisory Board and contribute to this thrilling endeavour.
Dr Ruzica Bozovic Stamenovic, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Congratulations on the launching of the new journal. That is another great achievement for the Academy’s vision of Design and Health.
Linda Jones, School of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
World Health Design is really excellent in every way – beautifully designed and printed, contains a wealth of important and useful material, very well-illustrated, with editorial content and advertisements nicely balanced.
Peter Scher, architectural consultant, writer and researcher, UK

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