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University of Washington Receives $250,000 Gift to Study Built Environment

The University of Washington has received a $250,000 gift from NBBJ, a global architecture and design firm, to conduct further research on how the built environment positively affects human health and wellbeing.

The gift, which was made to UW’s College of Built Environments (CBE) will help students, researchers and faculty create solutions to design problems and translate research into action.

“Connecting the knowledge loop between practices and academy is key towards ensuring our buildings foster and nurture human health. Partnerships between a leading design firm like NBBJ with a leading multidisciplinary college like ours will accelerate the impact of our research, directly benefiting our industry, our communities and society,” CBE dean Renée Cheng said.

The initial focus of the partnership will be on human health.

“We see this as a model for collaborative, complementary and applied research that this college can and will use to address the most urgent issues of our society – from finding smarter ways to deal with carbon to increasing affordable housing and addressing homelessness,” Cheng added.

As a part of the multi-year partnership with the firm, the university will also organize charrettes, symposia, projects, studios and seminars to enhance engagement across its campus.

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