“A great platform for learning and sharing”

Since launching in 2017, the Healthy City Design International Congress has established itself as one of the must-attend events for the health and urban design communities. undefined - undefined


Sitting at the intersection of multiple fields and sectors relating to health and urban design, the Congress creates a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities.


Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange in partnership with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, the Congress explores myriad issues, from planetary health and sustainable development, to healthy homes and neighbourhoods, work and the workplace, smart cities, and transport and mobility.


Despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic, last year’s congress was delivered virtually over four days and proved a resounding success, as the following testimonials illustrate:


“With mindfully chosen content and workshops, great speakers, lots of deep discussions, and many possibilities to interact, network and communicate, Healthy City Design was an incredibly useful event.”

Dr Jana Semrau, research associate,

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Sports Science and Sport



“Healthy City Design is a truly remarkable event, one that I am continually excited about as it offers a great platform for learning and sharing with a diverse array of ideas, thought-leaders and research.”

Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED/WELL Faculty, Fitwel ambassador, CPHC

Sustainability design leader – US North East, senior associate, Stantec Architecture



“Healthy City Design has been excellent with such a wide variety of speakers and different thematic areas. The congress was amazing for both synchronous (live) learning and asynchronous (recorded) learning.”

Eva Hernandez-Garcia

MPhil/PhD student, University College London



“As a non-academic frontline community worker, I thoroughly enjoyed every session of this outstanding conference. I found the depth of knowledge and expertise of the speakers to be impressive; I learnt a great deal and fully intend to view a whole range of recorded sessions that I didn’t register for.”

Hazel Stuteley OBE

Founder, C2 National Network of Connected Communities (C2NN)


“The presentations at Healthy City Design 2020 were informative and insightful, providing a good level of detail with examples of how the theory has actually been applied in practice.”


Guy Carson

Principal consultant, Archus UK


“Healthy City Design 2020 was a great virtual event with high-level speakers and a vast amount of sessions.”

Thomas Chevalier Bøjstrup, architect MAA

PhD fellow, Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation



“Healthy City Design 2020 was very enlightening and very professionally produced.”


Sanna Rocio Arevalo Themnér, psychologist and Master in Urban Design,

Student, Master Program in City Planning, Helse Stavanger/ UiS


All sessions at Healthy City Design are recorded and available to view via the Talks section of the SALUS online journal at www.salus.global. The site contains all the video presentations from Healthy City Design since it launched in 2017, as well as all the talks from our sister congress, European Healthcare Design, which has been running since 2015. Altogether, this vast knowledge archive adds up to a staggering 800 hours of talks on healthcare, health and the design of cities over six years of running our conferences.