Dr. Upali Nanda is Principal and Director of Research for HKS, a global architectural firm where she is responsible for spearheading and implementing research projects globally. She also serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education, and teaches as Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan. Her doctoral work on “Sensthetics” has been published as a book. Her award-winning research around human health and wellbeing, neuroscience and architecture, and outcome-driven design 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.