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Maxwell plus - for events co-organised by the Maxwell programme


Innovation Seminar Series

The joint NanoDTC-Impulse-Maxwell Innovation Seminar Series has a series of brilliant speakers who are at different stages in their Innovation and Entrepreneurship journey.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Alison Mears to this month Innovation Seminar Talk.


"Material Health / Human Health /Planet Health”

Dr Alison Mears AIA, LEED APDirector and Co-Founder, Healthy Materials Lab


About the Talk

We will investigate the problematic relationship between human health and the built environment. Traditional definitions of sustainability situate material health within the context of the planet, its environment, and economics. My research, creative practice, and teaching explores an expanded definition of sustainability, which places human health at the center of the system. I will present innovative strategies, tools and practices that enable architects and designers to transform their materials practices, to help design and build healthier places for all people that are also beneficial for the planet.


About the Speaker

Alison Mears is an architect, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Director and Co-Founder of Healthy Materials Lab (2015). She is co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Affordable Materials Project (HAMP). HAMP is funded by The JPB Foundation. The Project is a coalition of four organizations who work together to detoxify the interior environments of Affordable Housing.

In the past six years, her academic research and creative practice have focused on investigating the problematic relationship between human health and the built environment. As the Director of the Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design, Mears leverages her knowledge and experience as a long-term academic leader within the institution and her practice-based experience as an architect to confront one of the more serious and often overlooked environmental challenges of our time: the health of the built environment.

Previously, Mears served as the Parsons Dean of the School of Design Strategies and Director of the BFA Architectural Design and Interior Design programs. Her work draws from the long tradition at The New School University’s commitment to promoting community-based sustainability, social engagement and environmental justice. She continues to practice architecture as a partner in her own architectural practice, with an increasing focus on community-based, pro bono work.


About the Seminar Series

This series of seminars happens monthly and speakers will present their ideas and experiences on how innovation impacts their endeavours.

  • We have a varied list of speakers, from academics turned in to entrepreneurs all the way to established companies.
  • The format is a 45 minute talk, followed by Q&A.
  • Attendance is free

Come and join the talk with Alison.



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Wednesday, 10 November, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:30
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Alexandra Huener
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Event location: 
Zoom Meeting