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CONNECTIVITY - joining-up approaches to Health and Wellbeing across design and health disciplines

25 Oct 2021 @ 6:00pm BST
03 Dec 2021 @ 7:00pm GMT

Key Dates

25 Oct 2021: Abstracts [Round Two] |  05 Nov 2021 Feedback

Conference: 01-03 December 2021

30 Jan 2022: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable) | 30 March 2022: Feedback for publication | 30 May 2022 resubmissions | 15 July 2022: Publication begins

Nb. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The early abstract deadline is for delegates who need early confirmation.



On January 1st, 2020, the world woke to news that a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China, had been identified as a strain of coronavirus. By March, the World Health Organization would define it as a pandemic and the most serious global health threat on the planet. Under lockdown conditions the relationship between health and the spaces we inhabit became central.

The response from professionals and academics was immediate. Public health officials became consultants on ‘healthy buildings’, infectious disease specialists advised on planning codes, mental health experts became advisors on design strategy. Environmental psychologists collaborated on adapting homes for lockdown, sociologists re-examined behaviour in public space; teachers critiqued new spatial uses of the classrooms and, by extension, interior work environments of every type.

It is tempting to see this recent global concern about health and environments as new. The reality is, it has a long history. The public health profession was born from the housing conditions of the 19th century urban poor. ‘Sick building syndrome’ has been a concern for years. Demands for walkable neighbourhoods are long standing. Housing for the elderly, accessible design, and the broader healthy cities agenda globally, all pre-date COVID-19.

Seen in this light, this conference seeks to bring recent experiences and responses into dialogue with these longer standing areas of research into health, wellbeing and environments.



The event will have multiple thematic strands built around submissions. They will include themes of interest particular to the partner institutions such as:

  • COVID-19, Public health, environmental psychology, mental health: Cross institutional
  • Accessible design and social inclusion: Italian Society for the Sociology of Health
  • Public space inequities and cross societal groups: Syracuse University
  • Air quality, green spaces, walkable cities, accessible transport: Cross institutional
  • Welfare institutions – hospitals, schools, community centres and more: Chalmers University
  • Behaviors, communities, neighborhoods and housing: Cross institutional
  • Connectivity across healthcare and the built environments: Northumbria University

Disciplines include:

Public Health, Architecture, Urban Design, Mental Health, Sociology, Housing, Environmental Psychology, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture.


The conference welcomes case studies, design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations as written papers, Zoom and pre-recorded presentations – permanently available via the AMPS Youtube channel.

Written papers are optional. If submitted they should be 3000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006, or in specially produced conference books. 


Abstract Submission Form

Delegate Fee: $350 | £290     [Audience fee: $200 | £150]

Please send this fully completed document to:

The document must be in Microsoft Word. | Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission Health 2021 | File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_Abstract_Health_2021 | Example file and name: Charlie_Smith_Yet-Another-Apartment-Block_Abstract_Health 2021


25 Oct 2021 @ 6:00pm BST
03 Dec 2021 @ 7:00pm GMT

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