Event Details

Designing Healthy Spaces for a Better Life 

Cornell Alumni Affairs and Development, the College of Human Ecology, and the School of Hotel Administration invite you to:

Designing Healthy Spaces for a Better Life 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | New York, New York


Every day the built environment, from your office to hotels to hospitals, affects your well-being and impacts how you work, recover and play. How does design intersect with and shape human behavior and overall physiology? What are the industry influences on and innovations in holistic design? How are Cornell faculty, alumni and friends defining contemporary and future built environments? Join us to hear answers to these questions and more!

Plus, learn about Cornell’s Institute for Healthy Futures, an academic partnership between the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE), that is at the crossroads of hospitality, health policy/management, and design.

Alfredo Carvajal, President, Delos Signature, Delos on “The WELL building standard and hospitality / residential spaces”
Rachel Casanova ’95, Director of Workplace, Principal, Perkins+Will on “Good Design, Material Health and the Business Case for a Healthy Workplace”
Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology; Associate Director, Cornell Institute for Health Futures on “Design for Mental and Behavioral Health”
Moderated by: Rohit Verma, Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Reception
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Presentations, panel discussion and Q&A
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Additional networking; event concludes
Location: Haworth, 125 Park Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017.
Enter the building on East 42nd Street, across from Grand Central Station. The entrance is between Cipriani and TD Bank. Please check in with security upon arrival. A photo ID is required to enter the building.

$30 per person, includes reception and program; wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres served


Alfredo Carvajal, President, Delos Signature, Delos
As President of Delos International and Signature Programs, Alfredo is responsible for Delos’ signature overlay programs, bringing wellness solutions to the hospitality and residential sectors, as well as expanding Delos’ businesses globally.  Alfredo has more than 22 years of experience in domestic and international hospitality and wellness/spa operations, brand development and strategic planning at some of the world’s most recognized hospitality, lifestyle and wellness brands.

Prior to Delos, Alfredo served as Chief Operating Officer of WTS International, where he was responsible for all aspects of operational management and business growth.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President for Universal Companies, the nation’s largest spa supply and equipment distribution company, where he managed operations, branding, domestic and international market development.  From cruise ship launchings to wellness residential community development at companies like Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The Walt Disney Company, Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Alfredo acquired extensive experience on international operations management, global best practices and creative strategic positioning.

Alfredo currently serves on various executive and advisory boards, including the University of California Irvine’s Spa Management Program. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Del Mar, in Chile.

Rachel Casanova ’95, Director of Workplace, Principal, Perkins+Will

Rachel Casanova is a global leader of the Planning+Strategies group at Perkins+Will. In the modern workplace where productivity is the name of the game and employee engagement critical, Rachel’s mantra is ‘Good design matters’. Going beyond issues like square footage and finishes, she helps her clients look closely at their challenges and opportunities, then targets the link between smart design, effectiveness and employee satisfaction. An active speaker, workshop facilitator, and thought leader, Rachel ‘walks the talk’ by ensuring that Perkins+Will offices themselves increase collaboration, enable choice, and promote health and wellbeing. As a mobility maven and post occupancy evaluation champion, Rachel uses both hard data and storytelling to show how design can truly influence the communication, culture, engagement, satisfaction, and wellbeing of people who use a space. She is a graduate of the College of Human Ecology with a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis.

Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology; Associate Director, Cornell Institute for Health Futures.

Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., is a professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis and associate director of the Institute for Healthy Futures at Cornell University. She serves on the graduate faculty in the Cornell University Department of Architecture. Mardelle is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Dr. Shepley has authored/co-authored six books, including Healthcare Environments for Children and their Families (1998), A Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-based Design (2008), Design for Critical Care (2009), Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners (2010), Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care (2014) and Design for Mental and Behavioral Health (2017). To enhance the link between research and practice, Dr. Shepley has worked in professional practice, full-time and part-time, for 25 years.

Rohit Verma, Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Rohit Verma is the dean of external relations for the Cornell College of Business, the executive director of the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (http://ihf.cornell.edu/), and the Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management.

He has published over 70 articles in academic journals and has also written numerous reports for the industry audience. He regularly presents his research, participates in invited panel discussions, and delivers keynote addresses at major industry and academic conferences around the world. He is co-author of the Operations and Supply Chain Management for the 21st Century textbook; Achieving Success Through Innovation: Cases and Insights from the Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Industry textbook; and co-editor of Cornell School of Hotel Administration on Hospitality: Cutting Edge Thinking and Practice, a professional reference book that includes works of several of his colleagues at Cornell.


Venue Sponsor: Haworth
Our event space is generously sponsored by Haworth. Globally, Haworth improves workplaces with award-winning furniture, interior architecture and technology solutions to help customers achieve business goals and transform culture as well as support collaboration and innovation. Research + design drive a deep understanding of agile workplace needs and are at the center of the company’s strategy. Haworth designs and manufactures product solutions that help you create inspiring spaces. The breadth and strength of Haworth’s portfolio forms the foundation for creating Organic Workspace, to keep businesses nimble and make the most out of their investment. Haworth is your partner in transforming space, no matter where you’re located. See the NYC showroom.

Reception Sponsor: Commercial Furniture Interiors (CFI)

CFI is dedicated to improving our client’s businesses by enhancing their employee’s quality of life. Through our extensive work place knowledge and complete product portfolio, we use furniture to create inspiring and adaptable interiors that improve our client’s various business functions. As a Best In Class Haworth Dealer we’ve proudly served corporations, universities and healthcare institutions throughout North America for over 20 years.