Architecture, Health. and Design, M.S.


Architecture, Health, and Design, M.S. Master of Science in Architecture, Health and Design (M.S.AHD) Program

March 10, 2022
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The start time for this event has changed from 6 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to see you there!

Health promotion and disease prevention are at the core of a well-functioning society and essential to long term economic, cultural and societal development. This event showcases a series of transdisciplinary roundtables, intended to offer a broader framework of health and to understand the importance of providing better healthcare for specific communities and society as a whole.

The discussions will take place within the context of the recently launched M.S. program in Architecture, Health and Design, a unique program, which unlike other design and health programs, narrowly focused on healthcare facility design, is situated at the intersection of several research fields where design impacts an individual’s health.

The collaboration across disciplines allows practitioners to increase preparedness and promote a system-based approach to cope with current and future health crises (including pandemics) as well as natural disasters which compels communities to build resiliency.

The participants, Dr. Paul Barach and Sean Hagen, are renowned experts leading New York Tech’s M.S. Health and Design course on Innovation in the Healthcare system. The lecture will put particular focus on clinical care environments, where prior and current neglected risks to staff in healthcare settings as well as future impact to business models will help illuminate possible new roles and competencies in the growing health design field.


Christian Pongratz

Christian Pongratz

Professor, Director, M.s. Health & Design, NYIT School of Architecture and Design

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Christian R Pongratz is the Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Architecture. From 2017-2019, he was the Interim Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education. In order to facilitate increased collaboration among New York Tech‘s disciplinary silos he is initiating new collaborative programs and teamwork driven projects engaging people, communities and industry. He co-founded the Creative Tech Innovation Council together with Isabel Draves (New York Creative Tech Week) and by forming transdisciplinary teams explores how innovation emerges at the intersection of design research, technology and business serving communities and solving broader environmental, social and economic issues.

Prior to joining New York Tech, Christian R. Pongratz was the director and founder of the Digital Design and Fabrication Program and Master of Science Specialization in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University, where he also was a professor. He taught at the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin from 2000 – 2002, and was visiting professor at Yeungjin Jr. College, Taegu, Korea, the Busan International Architectural Design Seminar, Busan, Korea, and at the Architectural Association.

He is a jury member for the Pinnacle Awards by the MIA since 2007. He studied Architecture at TUM and Sci-Arc, and is a licensed architect in Germany with registration in Berlin. Before establishing his own practice, he worked in New York for Peter Eisenman and John Reimnitz, and was involved with the design of international, invited design competitions and with prestigious commissioned buildings.

Together with Maria Perbellini, in 2002 he co-founded and is a principal at pONGRATZ pERBELLINI Architects, an architectural design practice and research-oriented atelier investigating computation with material-based processes. PPA's expertise in digital design and fabrication technologies engages with an architecture of experience and explores geometries, textures, and surface structures, and their material properties, behaviors, and performances.

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Alessandro Melis

Alessandro Melis, RIBA ARB AOU

IDC Foundation Endowed Chair, NYIT School of Architecture and Design

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In 2019, Alessandro was appointed by the Italian Minister of Culture as the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International La Biennale of Architecture in Venice 2021, and in 2020 Ambassador of Italian Design on behalf of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Previously, at the University of Auckland, he was the head of the technology area and director of postgraduate engagement at the School of Architecture and Planning. Between 2010-2013, he was the Director of Urban City Lab at the Institute of Architecture of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte, Vienna) and visiting professor at the Foster Foundation, and in Germany (Anhalt University, Dessau).

In 1996, he founded Heliopolis 21, a multi-awarded architecture practice based in Italy, Germany, and the UK.


Paul Barach

Paul Barach, B.Med.Sci, M.D., M.P.H., Maj (ret.)

Faculty and Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia; Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria; Visiting Professor, Milano Polytechnic University, Italy

Sean Hagen

Sean Hagen, IDSA; B.Sci.

Principal, Founder, Director of Research & Synthesis, BlackHagen Design 

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Hagen is a frequent speaker at universities (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of South Florida, University of Minnesota) and conferences (MD&M, IDSA, DMD, Q1,); and a member of the Human Factors Engineering (HFE) Committee for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).