386: Healthy Building Design with Tyrone Yang

This week, we’re taking a human-centered approach to architecture discussions with Dr. Tyrone Yang.

Tyrone graduated with a Master’s in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2002. He also has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Virginia and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.

Currently, he has recently founded Architectural Health and Yang Architects. Before doing that, he worked as a designer and project manager at Butz + Klug, RIZVI Architects, and also Moshe Safdie and Associates and worked on a large array of projects.

Tyrone’s academic involvement includes classes in Psychology and Research Methods at the University of Virginia and classes in Human Factors and Sustainable Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

He’s also worked as an affiliate researcher and course collaborator at the City Science / Changing Places Group at the MIT Media Lab. Currently, he’s teaching Environmental Design Research at the Department of Architecture at Roger Williams University.

Tyrone is both a licensed architect and a member of the AIA and the Boston Society of Architects, where he has co-chaired the Small Practices Network.

In this conversation, we discuss the overlaps and how Dr. Yang’s research into cognitive psychology has underpinned his architectural approach, how that has manifested in his current entrepreneurship ventures and business ventures, and how positioned himself as one of the world’s leading, healthy building design consultants.

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