Research Keywords

  • Sustainable Design
  • Environmental Health
  • Architecture

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • From Sheltered in Place to Thriving in Place: Dimensions of Aging in the "Right" Place during the Pandemic. PI: Valerie Greer. Co-PI(s): Jim Agutter, Sarah Canham, Ivis Garcia, Andy Hong . 03/01/2021 - 02/27/2022. Nugget: _SIP 2021.pdf

Research Groups

  • Center on Aging, Research Professor. 09/14/2020 - present.

Creative Research

  • Design Drawings & Proposal for a renovation to the women's area at the Pacific Garden Mission, the oldest homeless shelter in the City of Chicago. Adaptation, submitted 03/26/2021.
  • Exterior facade renovation study for a mid-century modern home Commission, completed 02/03/2020.


  • Co-Diagnosis: Designing for Behavioral and Physical Health. Presentation, Submitted, 08/01/2020.
  • Design for Intergenerational Aging: A Multidisciplinary Approach - This session highlights a design investigation into intergenerational design that was conducted through collaboration with the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University in St. Louis and the Sau Po Centre for Aging at Hong Kong University. Both provided multidisciplinary perspectives, support, and feedback for the design process. Several themes emerged including adaptability and flexibility. The social and cultural dimensions related to stereotypes, diversity, and inclusivity ranged, and the cross-cultural comparison between dynamics in St. Louis and Hong Kong provided rich territory for dialogue and exchange. Presentation, Accepted, 02/03/2020.


  • Greer, Valerie & Johnson, Emily; Hsu, Josephine (2020). Variables and Outcomes in Patient Room Design: A Study of Design Hypotheses. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. 20. Published, 09/15/2020.