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McNair Scholar 2012Teddy Gustafson

Teddy Gustafson is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in architecture with a minor in construction management, urban planning and landscape design. His research interests include sustainability in affordable housing, biomimicry, restorative design and the linkage between housing and human health outcomes. Mr. Gustafson plans on pursuing a Master’s in Architecture program with a focus in sustainability, professional practice and building science.

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My dream is to become a registered architect. I aim to contribute my design abilities to push the United States towards a more sustainable infrastructure, preparing our country for future generations.

Research project

Social Sustainability:  Linking Affordable Housing Design and Resident Health

Abstract: his study investigates the current design process for healthy housing. It identifies strengths and determines strategies to create a more effective design process. This study provides an overview of both the acknowledging factors that are under the occupant’s control and the multiple strategies architects use for healthy housing design. Most importantly this study evaluates the role that health professionals can have in the architect’s design process and how their involvement could lead to positive health outcomes for residents. Viewing healthy housing from a research standpoint, the investigation also evaluates current metrics or measurement processes for linking environmental conditions with human health outcomes. Current housing agencies and programs, such as Enterprise’s Green Communities Program, have created guidelines for the design of healthy housing; this study assesses these design guidelines and determines points of integration for design and health professionals.

Faculty profile

William Weber is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) and an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. Weber holds a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Weber’s research focuses on the integration of sustainability and architecture through applied research, developing tools to examine the often disparate aesthetic, economic, and environmental goals. He is a co-primary investigator and project manager of the Minnesota Sustainable Housing Initiative, a knowledge base of tools and case studies to advance sustainability in Minnesota’s affordable housing.