Urban Form Lab (UFL),University of Washington, Seattle. The Urban Form Lab (UFL), within the University of Washington (UW) College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is directed by Anne Vernez Moudon, Dr. es Sc., a leading researcher and educator in quantifying the properties of the built environment as related to health and transportation behaviors. UFL research aims to affect policy and to support approaches to the design and planning of more livable environments. The UFL specializes in geospatial analyses of the built environment using multiple micro-scale data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Current research includes the development of novel GIS routines for performing spatial inventories and analyses of the built environment, and of spatially explicit sampling techniques. Projects address such topics as land monitoring, neighborhood and street design, active transportation, non-motorized transportation safety, physical activity, and access to food environments. The research has been supported by the U.S. and Washington State Departments of Transportation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and local agencies.
The UFL research group includes one Research Associate, two Research Scientists, and three Doctoral Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Program for the Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning.
Collaborators at the University of Washington include:
- Adam Drewnowski, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology,Director, Nutritional Sciences Program
- Mark Doescher, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Director of the Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) Rural Health Research Center
- Glen E. Duncan, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Brian E. Saelens, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.