Healthy Cities + Policy Implications

Presented in partnership with the American Planning Association & National Organization of Minority Architects.

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How can cities and the buildings within them promote physical activity, health and equity in built environment?

Joyce Lee, co-author of the Active Design Guidelines which provides architects and urban design professionals with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces, will discuss policy implications and health.  She is applying the lessons learned in the Guidelines, LEED strategies, AIA’s Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design, and ULI’s Building for Wellness: The Business Case, to demonstrate how the successful strategies might be applied to Midwestern cities.


  • Explore policy implications and health as they relate to the built environment.
  • Examine how cities can promote physical activity, health and equity in the built environment.
  • Learn how to create successful strategies for designing healthy cities. 
  • Discuss how active design strategies may be applied to Midwestern cities.

Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow, IndigoJLD
, (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Joyce is president of IndigoJLD providing green health, design and planning services on leading edge projects. She has been an Architect Fellow at the National Leadership Academy for Public Health and one of the first LEED accredited professionals in New York City. Joyce served under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg. She was the Chief Architect at the New York City OMB overseeing the survey of major city-owned buildings and waterfronts with the goals of enhancing long-term planning and identifying green design and development opportunities. She was then the first Active Design Director, with a focus on design excellence, in New York City before relocating with her family to Michigan. Recently, one of her programs enjoyed the support of two Great Lakes state governors in Michigan and Illinois. Joyce currently sits on the Advisory Council at the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Health and the Global Environment.

The Active Design Guidelines, a publication she co-authored, had won recognition from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as the Sustainable Building Industry Council. Joyce is the recipient of numerous awards including the Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Public Architect award from the American Institute of Architects New York, and the Aga Khan Award from Harvard/MIT.

1 GBCI CE Hour, 1 AIA LU/HSW, and 1 CM Credit 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation
Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114) map
Free to USGBC-MGC Members, APA Members, NOMA Members and full time students; $20 for Non-members
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