About Health & Wellbeing

The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is dedicated to being a platform for intersecting disciplines, sharing knowledge and applications, and connecting with communities to improve society's health and wellbeing. Our outcomes are intended to develop products and tools to help bring about future living as healthier selves, homes, and neighborhoods. We focus on convergent research integrating considerations of future technology and future care systems, including dwellings and abilities for humans to reach their potentials and wellbeing.

These futures refer to placing the creative disciplines at the center of health issues to bring about interventions catalyzing innovation in public health, computer science, engineering, psychology, and medicine to create new care cultures. As such, we address major health issues at the intersection of the built environment and medicine for health and wellbeing, including healthcare settings and systems; education and public health for health and wellbeing, including social work and public spaces; and design and home environments for health and wellbeing including smart homes and wearable technologies. Potential to merge disciplines for better impact. A multifaceted cluster of medical and associated fields to address human health and wellbeing but framing research and techniques for understanding and mainly collaborating to translate outcomes for bettering of health in society.

Centers, Labs and Initiatives 

  • Preventive/Patient Care
  • Urban Health
  • Disease Management
  • Public Health Interventions
  • Aging and Caregiving
  • Personal Health
  • Smart Environments
  • Urban Health
  • Universal Design
  • Human Centered Design
  • Wearable Computing
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Design Thinking
  • Planning
  • Spatial Planning
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Research
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Ann L. Black

Associate Dean Academic and Faculty Affairs

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Anton C Harfmann

Professor and Director of Architectural Engineering and Director of DAAP Facilities and Technology

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Ashley Kubley

Associate Director Associate Professor

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Brooke C Brandewie

Assistant Professor

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Claudia Beatriz Rebola

Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor

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Craig M. Vogel

Professor - Emeritus

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Matthew Wizinsky

Associate Professor

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Ming Tang

Professor. Director of Extended Reality Lab. Digital Future.

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Pravin Bhiwapurkar

Assoc Professor

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Steven J. Doehler

Associate Professor, Industrial Design Coordinator

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Todd F Timney

Associate Professor

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Vittoria S Daiello

Associate Professor

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Vikas Mehta

Professor, Fruth/Gemini Chair, Ohio Eminent Scholar, Urban Design Certificate Coordinator

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Xinhao Wang


For inquiries about Health and Wellbeing, please contact

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Claudia Beatriz Rebola

Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor


For partnerships in alignment with faculty research areas and expertise in Health and Wellbeing, please contact:

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Laura J. Johnson

Senior Director, Development