April 21, 2021

Speaking to the Professional’s Council at the University of Washington’s College of the Built Environments. Rupal Sanghvi will discuss:

  • Key trends in public health that will make collaborating with “the shapers” of the built environment critical for ensuring positive health outcomes
  • Outcomes based design — urban design as public health intervention, linked to epidemiological data, evidence based pathways, and metrics for short and longterm outcomes. Real projects and examples at multiple scales will be shared to reflect how the technical tools of public health can articulate the concrete contributions of prospective design interventions. 
  • Persistent challenges — current gaps in mainstreaming an outcomes-based approach to public health and the built environment. 

March 25, 2021

Exploring a New and Shifting Future: health by design. Rupal will participate in the Spring 2021 speaker series for Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. 

July 7, 2020

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Exploring a New, Resilient Future. Rupal will moderate the final panel of a series following up on the 2-year anniversary of a design competition that convened an international team of designers and interdisciplinary group of renown science advisors to address sea level rise and climate change in the Bay Area. 




June 2, 2020


HealthxDesign was invited to speak to the Van     Alen Council about the implications of COVID for public health, inequity and urbanism.






September 18, 2019


Rupal was invited to present the work of HealthxDesign to the College of Environmental Design (undergraduate course on Urban and Regional Planning)








November 28, 2018

HealthxDesign will join New York Academy of Medicine panel discussion in conjunction with an exhibition at Museum of the City of New York, Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis,











October 22, 2018

Rupal Sanghvi will visit Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) to discuss ways to strengthen social impact through design – current challenges in the state of the field.




October 2018

HealthxDesign moves to a new office in the David Brower Center – Berkeley, CA!





June 2018 – January 2019

HealthxDesign joins as a strategic advisor to the Seattle Foundation and Kings County evaluation  of Communities of Opportunity investments






May 2017 – June 2018

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HealthxDesign joins Advisory Panel for Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge – a project to generate critical climate change plans for Bay Area Cities – with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation






APRIL 24-25, 2017


Part of Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) for Gawanus, Brooklyn to provide input on how the Gowanus Rezoning can serve as an opportunity for optimizing population-level health and social impacts, especially for vulnerable groups.




JANUARY 24, 2017


 5:30PM EST -Webinar – Data as a Driver for Urban Design to Advance Community Health.  Invest Health – Strategies for Healthier Cities. A project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and ReInvestment Fund.




NOVEMBER 1, 2016.

b1f7029365b57cd56523aa827c245bf0Working with the Philadelphia Horticulture Society  to Assess    Outcomes of School Gardening and Urban Agriculture in SW Philadelphia.  With Funding from the GSK Foundation.





OCTOBER 12, 2016


The Measuring Stick. Making Some Place. CUE Art Foundation Speaker Series. New York, NY. Panel 6-8:30 pm.




OCTOBER 4, 2016

logoExpanding Capacity: An Outcomes Based ApproachCommunities & Affordable Homes Summit. Greenbuild International Conference 2016. Los Angeles, CA.






SEPTEMBER 21, 2015.

DT8SV88IN-mqKrcCHVIGDDHLtTPVt2YLx8ezsYwQ1eUOur work is highlighted in Green Space and Health Linked in Vision for South Bronx. Network of parks, pedestrian paths and streetscapes planned for area in the Mott Haven and Port Morris neighborhoods of South Bronx




JULY 14, 2015


Urban Land Institute/Enterprise Community Partners: Housing Opportunity 2015 -Better Lives Better Places Conference. Minneapolis, MN. Panel-1:45-3pm. Advancing Community Health Outcomes through Design and Development




JULY 8, 2015

Invitation_Haven Project Unveiling_7-8-15 Unveiling of the Haven Project. 11-12pm. Wednesday, July 8 at 11am at the E.       132nd Street pier.






MAY 2015

footer-logo_0Facilitating Health Working Session at ArtPlace America‘s Grantee Summit 2015.





MARCH 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies LogoInvited speaker for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams Launch
2015. Based on the success of the pioneer cities, and growing demand from mayors around the country, in December 2014, BloombergPhilanthropies announced a expansion of the i-teams program, Twelve U.S. cities were selected to participate in the $45 million expansion: Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Centennial, CO; Jersey City, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Minneapolis, MN; Peoria, IL; Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; and Syracuse, NY.



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Van Alen Institute Design Competition Survey





impact design hubOn Outcomes-Based Design, an interview for Women in Design series, Autodesk Impact Design Hub.






Fundamentals of Integrated Design 2On Health Impact Assessments for the Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Healthy Buildings. Eds. Marian Keeler and Bill Burke.







Rockaways newsAddressing the Social Determinants of Health for Resiliency: A Planning and Visioning effort in the Rockaways–with Interface Studio Architects and Hester Street Collaborative





American Public Health Association Conference, New Orleans.  Community Health Planning and Policy Development Session; Integrating Social Resilience in Five Long Island Communities for Post Sandy Reconstruction, Recovery and Planning Efforts.



JULY 2014

Planning for Social Resilience in Disasters-HxD’s Framework for NYRising Community Reconstruction Plan in 5 Long Island Communities. Enterprise Community Partners Speaker Series- Disaster Preparedness for Seniors.



JUNE 2014

Kickoff Workshop for NYRP’s Resilience in the Public Realm. HealthxDesign will be the Lead Evaluator of the multi-year initiative.





MAY 2014

Finalized Recommendations for NYRising Post Sandy Reconstruction Program-Community Plans in 5 Long Island Communities.




APRIL 2014

Implementation of Baseline Survey for GrowNYC/Grow to Learn Initiative‘s Student Outcomes Evaluation with over 800 students.





MARCH 2014

Shortlisted with ISA (1 of 4 teams) for Freedom’s Gate Design Competition, to develop an outcomes-based population-specific design for a housing project that includes transitional housing for individuals post-incarceration, emergency supportive housing for homeless individuals and families, and affordable housing in Syracuse.




Graphic recording  Joint Synergies of NYC Food Systems Projects with Illumination Fund and Karen Karp.






Completed site analysis and needs assessments for Freeport, Long Island for New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, as part of New York State’s post-Sandy rebuilding efforts.

Developed transect mapping for observational site analysis of health and social factors that are impacted by the built environment and therefore can be addressed to advance community outcomes, in partnership with WE Design. This tool is commonly used in the landscape architecture profession, but was re-purposed to identify various social ecologies that impact resilient recovery efforts




Contracted in partnership with ISA to create a strategic vision and outcomes-based framework for Enterprise Community Partners to advance their operational vision and impact related to sustainable, equitable, connected communities.






Assessing the effectiveness of New York Restoration Project’s Tree Giveaway Initiative – a retrospective evaluation.






Health Lead for Public Architecture’s project with the Ford Foundation and University of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley to strengthen the communities through a master-planning process.





Participated in 100 Conversations, a Public Policy Lab event sponsored by the AIA to foster conversation between designers and policymakers regarding design, governance, and innovation. Link to short film about event.




Selected as a winning team in partnership with ARUP to work on the HUD funded New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, as part of New York State’s post-Sandy rebuilding efforts. HealthxDesign will promote social resilient design strategies that foster improved health and social outcomes for vulnerable populations.



Began a 3 year evaluation of New York Restoration Project’s ArtsAce program, to assess how community gardens can strengthen communities by building social capital.





Awarded a grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to conduct a 3 year outcome evaluation for GrowNYC’s Citywide School Garden Initiative.





JULY 2013

Developed a set of metrics for the Packard Foundation as part of a larger project by Karp Resources, linking the benefits of urban agriculture to existing program goals.

Invited to develop an impact framework and metrics for GrowNYC’s FARMRoots program, to help demonstrate their role in strengthening regional food systems through educational environmental programs.




MAY 2013

Invited to present Integrating a Community Health Lens into the Brownfield Opportunity Assessment (BOA) Planning Process at New York Department of State and New Partners for Community Revitalization’s Brownfields Summit and Roundtable Discussion, “Get Inspired: The Full Spectrum of Possibilities.


APRIL 19th, 2013

Briefing the California Legislature staffers and key stakeholders.  Transforming California Communities Using Effective Programs: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice.  California Health Policy Forum, coordinated by the Center for Health Improvement. Supported by the California Endowment, California Health Care Foundation, and California Wellness Foundation.


MARCH 8th, 2013

Presenting at In-Service Training for NYC Department Of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Food Access and Community Health Programs. How to optimize built environment interventions through highly integrated interdisciplinary collaboration that addresses the determinants of health in order to advance outcomes.




Invited by Public Architecture to participate in the Design Access Summit at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California






Invited by Marpillero Pollak Architects (New York, NY) to join one of two preselected teams for Movement on Main design competition, with Arup, Consulting Engineers, and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (on bustler)



Guest speaker for NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge panel on Green Imaginaries: considering the relationship of urban agriculture, visuality and public policies.


Panel presentation for Managing Lean & Green:  Horticulture and Health in Supportive Housing.  Part of an educational series on how to make existing housing portfolios healthier, more energy efficient, and reduce operating costs.  A collaboration by the Supportive Housing Network of New York, Pratt Center for Community Development, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Enterprise Community Partners and LISC New York City.


GreenBuild 2012 panel on Meeting Past and Future Need: Looking at Sustainable Development in Practice, with Majora Carter and fellow Liz Ogbu