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Historic Places and Well-Being – What’s The Evidence?

In a region of rapidly shifting space and interminable architectural change, the places attached to our identity are being constantly reconfigured, replaced, or redefined. This evening panel facilitated by Dr. Raymond Neutra will look at the real impacts that the loss of historic places can have on the health and well-being of nearby residents.

How can urban planners, designers, and advocates for historic places look to scientific researchers for answers? Can real-world examples help point the way? Which types of neighborhoods produce healthier outcomes for residents, and which changes in neighborhoods cause irreparable harm?

Fifteen-minute vignettes and case examples from each of our panelists will be followed by breakout sessions, where there will be lively discussions about the convergence of heritage conservation, public health, environmental psychology, and neuroscience. This after-work program will conclude with a networking reception.

Learning Objectives
  1. Attendees will remember presented examples of hypothesized social, psychological and neurological effects of things designed or preserved
  2. Attendees will remember presented examples of organizations who have hypothesized effects of design and then evaluated the hypotheses as an organizational commitment
  3. In facilitated round table discussions, attendees will generate hypotheses about possible effects of preservation and ways that organizations could commit to thoughtful evaluation of hypothesis.


  • Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra, M.D., former Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control of the California Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Richard Jackson, M.D., Professor Emeritus at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Lily Bernheimer, MSc, Author and Director of Space Works Consulting
  • Other Speakers TBD