The Executive & The Scientist - A Conversation About Healthy Design

Sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions
Presented by Dr. Joseph Allen and Mark Hershey. Moderated by Helen Sahi
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 ICC CEU; 0.1 IACET CEU*; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour

Learning Objectives:

  1. List three fundamental shifts in building health that have evolved over the course of the pandemic.
  2. Discuss how public health and the building industry can work together to have a more holistic view of design for health, safety, and well-being of the occupant.
  3. Describe how the concept of sustainability fits into the design of healthy buildings.
  4. Explain how choosing healthy materials and healthy design lead to economic benefits.

This course is part of the Indoor Environmental Quality: Healthy Design Academy

Learn about the science behind indoor environmental quality and understand the role good design plays in the healthy spaces ecosystem. Hear the conversation of two industry thought leaders as they share how interior spaces effect work outputs and occupant well-being and the importance of applying the latest third-party scientific research to inform design, resulting in spaces that reassure occupants.

The Executive and the Scientist

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Ceilings and Wall Solutions

Modern office featuring CALLA® Health Zone AirAssure and StrataClean IQ Air Filtration System

Joseph A

Dr. Joseph Allen, associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the director of Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Program. During the pandemic, Dr. Allen has served as Commissioner of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission and Chair of its ‘Safe Work, Safe Schools, and Safe Travel Task Force’. An internationally renowned expert and sought-after advisor, he works with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies across major sectors of the economy to implement healthy buildings strategies. Dr. Allen has authored over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and regularly contributes to the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

Mark H

Mark Hershey, SVP Americas, at Armstrong World Industries, a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions in the Americas. Mark leads strategy, operations, technology, and business development, driving performance and innovation. He led efforts to provide indoor environmental quality solutions for interior spaces that optimize the health and well-being of building occupants and spearheaded the issuance of the company’s inaugural sustainability report in 2021

Helen S

Moderator Helen Sahi, is the Vice President of Sustainability at Armstrong World Industries, Inc. She spearheaded the development of ambitious sustainability goals, objectives and programs that allow Armstrong to cultivate thriving environments for people and communities, meet demands for healthier circular products and do more with less to preserve and protect our planet’s resources.

Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions Armstrong World Industries is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial ceiling and wall systems. At home, at work, in health-care facilities, classrooms, stores, and restaurants, Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions offer interior options that help create healthy, sustainable spaces that protect people and cultivate well-being and comfort so they can be at their best.

Armstrong is committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that empower its customers to create beautiful, high-performance residential and commercial buildings. Armstrong continues to grow and prosper for the benefit of all its stakeholders.


Originally published in October 2022