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Phillip Mead

Phillip Mead

Associate Professor


AAS 307



Mailing Address

Architecture Program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451
Moscow, ID 83844-2451

Phillip Mead teaches Architectural History, Introduction to the Built Environment and Wellness and Design seminars. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, Phillip studied and worked under Charles W. Moore who was an early pioneer of the Postmodern Architecture Movement. He has also contributed to the San Diego works of Antoine Predock and Bertram Goodhue. He has formerly taught at the Newschool of Architecture in San Diego and Texas Tech University. His current research examines wellness issues in design which encompasses a range of disciplines from environmental control systems to architectural history.

  • Master of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, Charles Moore Program, Architecture, 1991
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Idaho, Architecture, 1984

  • Neuro Aesthetics in Architecture
  • Historical Health Design Issues
  • Health and Sustainable Design Issues
  • Beginning Design Pedagogy

  • Archipedia Idaho, 19 Chapter Entries on significant historical Idaho buildings, structures, districts and townsite developments, Society of Architecture Historians 2019.
  • “Asclepiad Hospital Sanctuary and the Healing Powers of Art” in Discovering Architecture: Built Form as Cultural Reflection, Dubuque, IA, Kendal Hunt, 2014
  • “Salutogenic Environments: The use of culture, light and water for the promotion of health,” World Health Design Journal, International Academy for Design and Health, Stockholm, April 2012, Volume 5, Number 2, pp 60-67
  • “Unhealthy Energy Conservation Practices” in The Green Braid, New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 2007, pp. 153-159
  • “The Impact of Stair and Elevator Design on Daily Exercise,” in Design and Health IV: Future Trends in Healthcare Design, International Academy for Design and Health, Hudinge, Sweden, 2006, pp. 269 – 275
  • “Increasing Outdoor Interactions,” in Design and Health III: Health Promotion through Environmental Design, Alan Delani (Ed) International Academy for Design and Health, Stockholm, Sweden, 2004, pp. 177-181
  • “Light, emotion and design” in Design and Emotion, D. McDonough, P. Hekkert, J. Van Erp and D. Gyi (Eds), London, Taylor and Francis Group. 2004 pp. 48-52, New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 2007, pp. 153-159

*See CV for a full list of projects and publications.

  • “Aesthetic Presences within Greek Asclepieion Hospitals.” Paper given at the 1st Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium in Mt. Angel, Oregon, March, 09.
  • “The Formation of Sun Valley and the Influential Role of Early 20th Century Environmental Health Practices.” Paper given at the Vernacular Architecture Forum in Butte, Montana, June 2009.
  • "The Health Related Significance of Urban Spaces and Buildings that Encourage Outdoor Recreation and Lingering." Paper presentation to the 45th International Making Cities Livable Conference on June 2007, Portland, Oregon

  • NASA Sustainability Base Health and Energy Evaluation in Mountain View, CA, with architecture students, Spring 2014
  • "The Buhl Wall Project." Buhl Trout Fish Sculpture in Buhl, Idaho, 2003-2007


Architecture Program

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451 Moscow, ID 83844-2451

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428

Urban Design Center

Mailing Address:
322 E. Front Street
Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-885-6781

Urban Design Center