About us

The International Academy for Design & Health

The International Academy for Design & Health (IADH) is a global non-profit organisation with an interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to the stimulation and application of research concerning the interaction between design, health, science, culture and economics.

Founded by Dr Alan Dilani at the Karolinska Institute, Medical University in Stockholm in 1997 after the successful outcome of the 1st World Congress in Trondheim in Norway, the aim of the IADH is to provide a highly visible global forum for promoting an ongoing international exchange of research findings among scientists, designers, health professionals, industry and Ministries of Health worldwide.

Faced with the 21st century challenges of chronic disease, ageing populations and rising healthcare costs, global health systems are seeking new ways to address these growing threats to the development of a healthy and productiveglobal society.

As the leading global organisation developing and promoting the exchange of information, knowledge and research within the field of design & health, the Academy offers an inclusive environment for collaborating with its government, academic and professional partners around the world.
Fundamental to the Academy’s work is the development of a theoretical understanding of the importance of salutogenic design, and its application in the design of physical environments that prevent disease and support and promote human health, wellbeing and quality of life.

We are passionate about health promotion by design and believe that the built environment should empower, support and sustain our health and wellbeing.
Our goal is to understand what influences health, and through application of Salutogenic design principals to create solutions that promote health and wellbeing.


We create knowledge through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary avenues.

Contributing to the growing academic understanding of the role of design and health while also working directly with government and industry creating healthy built environment.

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