Institute for Health & Ageing

Promoting positive ageing and an age friendly society

Ageing and the Built Environment

Takemi Sugiyama

The next instalment of IHA’s Live Long Live Well colloquium will be a presentation from Professor Takemi Sugiyama, who commenced with the Institute in December 2015 and undertakes research in the areas of active living and ageing, and the built environment.

Takemi will present on ‘Local and city-scale environment and adults’ adiposity’ as part of the colloquium series at 2pm on Wednesday 6th April 2016.

Takemi’s work with IHA focuses on the nexus between health and design. He has a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and a PhD in Environment-Behaviour Studies from the University of Sydney. After more than 10 years of research experience in diverse areas such as architectural design, urban design, behavioural and spatial epidemiology, he has recently joined Australian Catholic University to further work on interdisciplinary research involving the built environment, active living and health.

Dr Sugiyama’s current research focuses on neighbourhood environmental attributes associated with older adults’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour, characteristics of indoor environments (e.g., aged care facilities) relevant to occupiers’ activity and wellbeing, and the health impact of active and sedentary transport. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in public health and environmental design journals and books, and is Chief Investigator in the Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy and Liveable Communities (AU$2.5 million, National Health and Medical Research Council). Dr Sugiyama is a certified architect (Japan) and Associate Editor of Journal of Transport and Health.

Please note this presentation is scheduled on Australian Eastern Standard Time. Audio-visual and telephone conferencing facilities are available for our ACU colleagues across different campuses. Colleagues outside the university may participate by teleconference, or by attending in person at Level 6, 215 Spring Street in Melbourne.

All enquiries, registrations of interest and requests for audio-visual or teleconferencing can be directed to or 03 9230 8170.

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