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The College of Design at NC State University is interested in the research opportunities presented by growing public concern for the relationship between the built environment and human health, development, and well-being.

The goals of this work are to:


Effects of designed landscapes on child/family development
Research objective: To expand the depth and breadth of evidence supporting associations between designed settings, (features and attributes) and health outcomes.

Healing and therapeutic environments
Research objective: To expand the depth and breadth of evidence supporting the current knowledge that natural environments can have
a positive effect on human well-being.

Neighborhood design and health and well-being
Research objective: To produce findings that influence design codes and design practices related to activity-friendly built environments and to conduct detailed investigations of specific settings, spatial relationships, features, and affordances of environments for the physical activity
of target user groups.

Universal design
Research objective: To research ways in which the use of designed products and environments can be responsive to the most number of people and, in particular, to examine products and institutional settings, including hospitals, serving aging adults.


Participating Faculty:
Professors Haig Khachatoorian and Robin Moore; Associate Professors Perver Baran, Bryan Laffitte and John Tector; Assistant Professor Sharon Joines.

Center for Universal Design:
College of Design research and training center for inclusive design solutions.


Faculty Reference:

Professor Robin Moore, Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations (article)

Professor Robin Moore, Childhood’s Domain: Play and Place in Child Development (article)

Professor Robin Moore, Our Neighborhood is Like That! Cultural Richness and Childhood Identity in Boca-Baraccas, Buenos Aires (article)

Professor Robin Moore, Streets as Playgrounds (article)

Assistant Professor Sharon Joines, Research project summaries


Doctoral dissertations available through DH Hill Library:

Evrim Demir, The Influences of Site Design on Physical Activity and Social Interaction in Residential Planned Unit Developments

Marcelo Guimares, Users’ Assessment of Attributes for the Principles of Universal Design in Scenarios of Social Inclusion

Arleen Humphrey, Physical Environmental Influences on the Physical Activity Behavior of Independent Older Adults in Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Orcun Kepez, The Effect of Space on Health and Well-Being Environmental Assessment for Home-Like Long-Term Care Settings

Eyyad Ahmad Al-Khalaileh, Understanding Children’s Environments: The Effect of Outdoor Physical Environments on Children’s Activities and Quality of Life with Al-Wihdat Palestinean Refugee Camps and Environs in Amman Jordan




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