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IDA Educational Series: Healthy Materials Method Cards 

mars 22, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm MDT

Approved for 1.5 General CEU

Part presentation, part Q&A, the Healthy Materials Lab will give an overview presentation about their research and programs and take a deep dive into their practice tool– the HML Method Cards.

The Healthy Materials Lab is a design research lab at Parsons School of Design. They are dedicated to a world in which people’s health is placed at the center of all design decisions. The lab is committed to raising awareness about toxic chemicals in building products and to creating resources for designers and architects to make healthier places for all people to live.


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Presenter: Leila D. Behjat

Architect & Senior Researcher in Design and Practice, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab, NYC

Leila D. Behjat is a creative solution finder with a high sense for design and aesthetics. With a Diplom-Ingenieur (Masters) in Architecture from Hafencity Universitaet, Hamburg, Germany, she has worked globally in interior and lighting design fields on both residential and commercial projects. In recent years, she has focused on renovation with healthier building materials. Her current role as Senior Researcher in Practice and Design with Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design deepens her motivation and expertise to create healthier and more joyful spaces for humans and the planet. Leila is a 2022 Maintainers Movement Fellow with Sam Bennett.

Presenter: Alison Mears 

AIA, LEED APAssociate Professor of Architecture, Director and Co-Founder, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design, New York

As Director of the Healthy Materials Lab, Alison leverages her practice-based experience as an architect and her knowledge and experience as a long-term academic leader to confront one of the more serious and often overlooked environmental challenges of our time: the health of the built environment. How do we make profound and long-term change to everyday design practice to create healthy buildings especially for those in the most need in affordable housing?  HML creates resources, educational programming, and prototypical innovative housing models for a new post petroleum world.  Alison is co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Affordable Materials Project (HAMP). The Project is a long-term coalition of four organizations who work together to remove harmful chemicals from the built environment.

Her work draws from the long tradition at The New School University’s commitment to promoting community-based sustainability, social engagement, and environmental justice.


IDA Members | $60.00 per session or $100.00 for both sessions

Non-Members | $85.00 per session or $150 for both sessions



Date :
mars 22, 2023
Heure :
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm MDT