Research & Responsible Design Panel
Lisa Heschong is an architect and founding principal of the Heschong Mahone Group (HMG), a building sciences consulting firm, where she led ground-breaking research showing a relationship between daylight and student test scores, retail sales, and office worker performance. Heschong is the author of the now classic Thermal Delight in Architecture (MIT Press 1979), and a newly released book, “Visual Delight in Architecture: Daylight Vision and View” (Routledge 2021) along with many technical publications about daylighting and energy efficiency in buildings. A graduate of MIT and UC Berkeley, she has been honored by the AIA School Medal, as a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the Haecker Award for Architectural Research. Heschong lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband, two horses and a sailboat. While growing up as an aspiring architect in mid-century Los Angeles, Heschong was steeped in Richard Neutra’s design sensibilities, and is delighted to have this avenue to continue to support his vision for the future.
Dr. Upali Nanda is Principal and Director of Research for HKS, a global architectural firm where she spearheads research projects globally. She also serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education and teaches as the Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan. She serves on the board of directors for HKS and the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Her doctoral work on “Sensthetics” has been published as a book available on Amazon.com. Her award- winning research has been widely published and cited in peer-reviewed journals and main stream media. In 2015, Dr. Nanda was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential people in Healthcare Design by the Healthcare Design Magazine. In 2018, she was honored by Architectural Record with the Women in Architecture Innovator Award. In 2019, she was recognized as one of nine people shaping American design by Specify Magazine from Metropolis.