Design & Health Research Consortium

The American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has established the Design & Health Research Consortium to advance university-led research in the area of design and health.

The 19 members of the Consortium are comprised of experts from both design and public health disciplines.

Members of the Design & Health Research Consortium are expected to improve the usefulness and quality of research linking design to health outcomes through deliberative partnership with other entities, collectively equipped to:

  • strengthen the design and health knowledge base by documenting and disseminating peer-reviewed research
  • develop evidence-based tools for practicing professionals informed by current research
  • translate the outcomes of research for policymakers and the general public

The AIA and ACSA work with members to identify and develop opportunities for funding, publishing, and translating research that connects design decisions with health outcomes. Coordinated efforts across the Consortium benefit members, both design and health professionals, and the public as a whole.

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members. CABA's mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.

Teach Access

Teach Access believes that technology is integral to our culture, our society and our workplace and should be usable by everyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. While there has been progress in a variety of applications, standards and regulations, accessibility is still not systemic in the development of new and emerging technologies.

Today, knowledge of accessible development is limited to a handful of domain experts. To reach the goal of making technology accessible to everyone, we must broaden expertise across industry. Accessibility must become mainstream.

One of the greatest challenges to making accessible technology more ubiquitous is a lack of awareness and understanding of basic accessibility issues, concepts and best practices.

Teach Access proposes to begin building this foundation of knowledge in higher education, with enhanced training and collaborations with people with disabilities. Students in fields such as design, computer sciences and human computer interaction must be better prepared to enter the workforce and create future technologies that are truly inclusive. Only then will technology reach its true potential for connecting and enabling everyone in the world.