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October 24, 2019

Alison Mears and Jonsara Ruth speak at the Hemp Building Summit on October 24, 2019

Alison Mears and Jonsara Ruth were invited to give a keynote address to share their research on Hemp + Lime histories, supply chains, socio-political contexts, and construction innovation at the first-ever US Hemp Building Summit.

US hemp building leaders gathered at an inaugural summit to advance building with hemp-based building materials. This event marks the formal launch of the US Hemp Building Association, a 501c6 trade organization formed to accelerate hemp building adoption in the US.


Alison Mears

Alison Mears

Director and Co-Founder, Healthy Materials Lab


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Alison Mears, AIA, LEED AP is an architect, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Director and Co-Founder of Healthy Materials Lab (2015). She is co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Affordable Materials Project (HAMP). HAMP is funded by The JPB Foundation to 2024. The Project is a coalition of four organizations who work together to detoxify the interior environments of Affordable Housing.

Mears focuses her research on design strategies that disrupt the building supply chain to incorporate human health as criteria for evaluating building products. Previously, Mears served as the Parsons Dean of the School of Design Strategies and Director of the BFA Architectural Design and Interior Design programs. Mears teaches architectural design studios at Parsons focused on building, urban and community issues. She is currently a partner in the architectural practice, Paci + Mears Architects PC.

Jonsara Ruth

Jonsara Ruth

Co-Founder & Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab


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Jonsara Ruth is Design Director at Healthy Materials Lab, Founding Director of the MFA Interior Design Program, and Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design. Here she led AFTERTASTE, a symposium that brings new definition to the field of interiors. Central to her work is listening to and learning from diverse perspectives, and studying human experience, behavior, and health as principal motivations for design. Material curiosities drive her research.

Jonsara is a designer and artist and founded Salty Labs, a collaborative design studio, to improve environmental health while creating viscerally designed spaces, events, and furniture. Previous experience includes leading design of furniture for mass production with materials and manufacturing processes that eliminate risks to human health and the environment. With Q Collection Junior she designed the worlds first Greenguard Certified crib for children.

Jonsara received a Masters of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.

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