The Center for Active Design is the leading non-profit organization using design to foster healthy and engaged communities. We apply our multi-disciplinary expertise to empower decision makers, providing publications, original research, certification, technical assistance, and digital tools. Our work is responsive to unique local priorities and results in measurable outcomes.

The Center for Active Design's mission is to transform design and development practice to support health, ensuring equitable access to vibrant public and private spaces that support optimal quality of life.


The Center for Active Design was selected by the Federal government to be the licensed operator of Fitwel, the world’s leading certification system that optimizes buildings to support health. Created as a joint initiative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention together with the General Services Administration, Fitwel benefits from the on-going input and expertise of national and international health and design leaders as well as a deepening trove of academic research at the nexus of design and wellbeing.

To learn more about the Fitwel Standard, visit www.fitwel.org/standard.

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    Fitwel Champion, Tishman Speyer.