Interview view of laboratory bay. Image: Copyright Sarah Mechling—Perkins Eastman
process should be guided by active and
continuous communication between
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that intentions for the space are well
understood and reinforced by the
appropriate organizational framework.
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supported by a culture of collaboration
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Rebecca Milne is a LEED Green Asso-
ciate at Perkins Eastman, who possesses
almost 10 years of experience in the design
research and strategy field. Along with
being a seasoned architect, Rebecca leads
environmental psychology research for the
firm worldwide. She is one of the leading
experts pioneering the bridging of archi-
tecture and environmental psychology and
this pairing deeply informs her practice.
Scott Fallick, AIA, LEED AP, is an
architect, researcher, strategist and
associate at Perkins Eastman. He has
spearheaded environmental psychology
studies investigating collaboration
and well-being in health care, higher
education, and workplace environments.
He leverages these cross-disciplinary
insights with market analytics in order to
generate human-centered design strategies.
Katie Gluckselig has over seven years
of professional experience in architectural
design and planning. As a designer for
Perkins Eastman, she has worked on a
number of facility master plans for a wide
range of college and university campuses
both in the United States and abroad.