About Us

The International Academy for Design and Health is a leading global, interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to the stimulation and application of research concerning the interaction between design, health, science & culture.

Founded by Dr Alan Dilani at the Karolinska Institute, Medical University in Stockholm in 1997 after the successful outcome of the 1st World Congress in Trondheim in Norway, the aim of the IADH is to provide a highly visible global forum for promoting an ongoing international exchange of research findings among scientists, designers, health professionals, industry and Ministries of Health worldwide. We are passionate about health promotion by design and believe that the built environment should empower, support and sustain our health and wellbeing

By providing a highly visible global forum for an ongoing exchange of research findings among scientists, designers and industry, we work in close partnership with our international network of governments, universities and commercial organizations to promote human health.


The IADH is a not-for-profit incorporated association, registered with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the State of Queensland, Australia.
Our Constitution is based on the Model Rules provided by the OFT and is available to view here.

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By -Laws

The by-laws have been established to create consistency and transparency in our global operations through a consultative process and then submitted to the Executive Board for approval prior to being established.
By law, audited accounts must be submitted by the organization and will be made public on our website after each Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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All leadership positions including board & regional chapters are volunteer based, donating their time. All revenue paid by members or sponsors goes into funding operations of the academy only. No salaries or benefits, including travel are paid to board members and regional leadership.

Our Structure


Vision & Mission

  • To foster Salutogenic design to promote health and wellbeing by creating physical environments that support health promotion and thereby healthy societies.
  • To fuel our passion to drive improvement in the quality, safety and value of health and wellbeing through our physical environment;
  • To develop and disseminate knowledge through the promotion of research and professional and clinical practices in the development of our physical environment to improve our health and wellbeing;
  • To promote and participate in the worldwide adoption of Salutogenic environments through the translation of research into practice;
  • To provide a forum for its constituent network to engage and thrive;
  • To provide a platform for education, training, research, advocacy, events, media and publishing activities that improve knowledge, shape thinking, and influence global practices in the design of physical environments.

Our Strategy

Broaden the adaption of salutogenic design

Grow the professional network outside of the architectural core

Recognise the contextual differences between global regions

Establish regional chapters to align with global regions

Driven by the members

Create value for the members by having our members drive their own priorities

Maximise communication and knowledge sharing

Foster regional interaction & global exchange via new digital platform

Broaden the exchange of research

Scientific and practice experience based research exchange between designers and clinicians

Undertake Research translation

Turn our vast amount of research into practice through partnerships and collaboration

Raising the impact

Education of the next generation, education of the teachers, education of decision makers, education of developing nations

Aligning governance to allow organisational change

Align structure with Global Board, Global Executive Management, Chapter Leadership Committee, Future Leadership and Advisory Board

An academy that is prepared for collaboration

Commit to a legal framework, transparency and governance that complies with institutional and governmental expectations

Salutogenic design as the most affordable way to design an inclusive physical environment

Develop a health index for our physical environment to apply  science and achieve affordable and healthy design

Our Governance

Global Board

Consists of representatives from institutional, government, non-government organisations (NGOs), private and corporate organisations, industry partners and other areas of industry.

The Board is responsible for;

  • determining the global vision, purpose and strategic direction of the IADH
  • governing the organisational structure
  • initiating and coordinating global (non-regional) activities
  • organising the selection of the Executive Board members

Executive Committee

Consists of the Executive Board, plus the Directors of the Regional Chapters and the leader of the Future Leaders Committee.

The Executive Committee will:

  • inform other members of activities and development in the field of design and health
  • indicate trends and views on the future direction of the field
  • contribute research findings of relevance and benefit to the industry
  • network among member universities and industry
  • provide relevant information on research and events from their own region.

Chapter Directors

Prof. Innocent Okpanum

Prof. Innocent Okpanum

Director Africa & Middle East
Yvonne Lim

Yvonne Lim

Director South-East Asia
Prof. Gelun

Prof. Gelun

Co-Director Asia
Vivien W.L. Mak

Vivien W.L. Mak

Co-Director Asia
Walkiria Erse

Walkiria Erse

Director South America
Prof. Debajyoti Pati

Prof. Debajyoti Pati

Director North America
Stefano Scalzo

Stefano Scalzo

Director South Pacific

Chapter Leadership Committee

Chapter leaders support our global leadership team. Collectively, we will work together to further the vision of IADH. Leadership Committee will also work independently to address issues and provide services that are relevant in each region. As a member of a regional chapter committee, you will help to shape the goals, structure and activities of the chapter, build its network, and work with the global team on the broader journey of the Academy.

North America
  • Dr Sahand Abbasi
  • Dr Whitney Gray
  • Dr Shabboo Valipoor
  • Dr Mardelle Shepley
  • Dr Anjali Joseph
  • Eileen Trimbach
  • Dr Debajyoti Pati
  • Ashley Dias
  • Lisa Olson
  • Shane Williams
  • Prof. Sonia Bello
  • Tye Farrow
South America
  • Elenora Zioni
  • Felipe Valdes
  • Walkiria Erse
  • Prof. Ricardo Lima
  • Dulce F de Moraes
  • Ramon Nascimento
  • Flavia Grecco
  • Dr Fabio Bitencourt
  • Elza Costeira
  • Elizabeth Hirth
  • Celia Bertazzoli
  • Albert Depineda
  • Alexey Danilov
  • Andrea Brambilla
  • Ann Decock
  • Anna Sillitti
  • Arnold Burger
  • Evangelia Chrysikou
  • Evelien Plijter
  • Jos Dell
  • Joseph Falzon
  • Jutta Lindert
  • Lars Steffensen
  • Lorraine Calcott
  • Marco Gola
  • Masoumeh Nazarian
  • Nicola Bertrand
  • Susanne Glade
Africa & Middle East
  • Freda Anegbe
  • Cedric J. DeAngelo
  • Yuval Geni
  • Dr Alejandro Kohn Tuli
  • Michael Onyoyo
  • Caleb Mutali
  • Eliud Liku
  • Robinson Onyango Manguro
  • Ijeoma O. Uboma
  • Dr Innocent Okpanum
  • Nkechi Kwalmi
  • Allen Duze
South Pacific
  • Sandra Surkamp
  • Michel Verheem
  • Don Garner
  • Paul Emmett
  • Stefano Scalzo
  • James Wright
  • Dr Oksana Zelenko
  • Tracey Fyvie
  • John Temple
  • Megan Reading
  • John McGuire
  • Prof.  Anjali Kumar
  • Prof. Gelun
  • Sundar Velan
  • Vivien Mak
  • Zheng Rong
South-East Asia
  • Saiful Anuar Abdul Aziz Datuk
  • Prof. Tony Liew
  • Yvonne Lim
  • Won Bae Park
  • Kyung Lee
  • Yasushi Nagasawa
  • Suzuki Hiromu
  • Masaki Komatsu
  • Catherine Saldana
  • Cheng Teng Choy
  • Angela Lee


The academy is a global knowledge community dedicated to developing and sharing research findings concerning the interaction between architecture, science, technology and culture in the promotion of human health, wellbeing and quality of life.  Members share in the knowledge and understanding of healthy built environments and network with global leaders in the field.

Advisory Industry Board

The role of the advisory board is to provide industry experience and guidance for the academy constituents. This collaboration will lead to having a better understanding of the objectives of the academy and working together to achieve the results.

This is in recognition of the vast research and achievements that are being developed within industry to add value to the operations of the academy whilst maintaining integrity of the operations and commercial activity of the academy