Cannon Design Lecture for Innovation in Health Sciences

March 17, 2009
5:00-6:00pm Pre-reception, 6:00pm Lecture
Michael Rios, Ph.D.
The Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium, Washington University School of Medicine Campus


The Cannon Design Lecture for Innovation in Health Sciences is a joint lecture between the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Institute for Public Health, and it is funded by Cannon Design.

Michael Rios' research interests center on public policy, professional practice, health promotion, and citizen participation in regional planning and urban design. His lecture is titled, "Health, Community Design, and the Architecture of Collective Action."

The aim of Rios' collective work is to understand how institutions, practitioners, and citizens develop capacities for collective action, praxis, and meaningful participation as members of political communities. His recent work includes funded research on U.S. Latino communities and public space, regional health disparities among youth, health promotion and community design including obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion, and post-disaster planning and urbanism. He is on the executive committee of the Center for the Study of Regional Change, and is past president of the Association for Community Design and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity.

Rios joined the University of California, Davis faculty in July 2007. Previously, he held a joint faculty appointment in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, Rios also received his Ph.D. in geography and was inaugural director of the Hamer Center for Community Design from 1999-2007. He received his Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
In his teaching, Rios provides a cross-disciplinary perspective among the fields of architecture, geography, landscape architecture, urban planning, and public health. Some examples include courses on community capacity building and engagement, the politics of public space, post-disaster urbanism, health promotion, and community design.