Piers MacNaughton works in the Healthy Buildings Program as a project manager.
His research focuses on the influence of the built environment on health. Presently, he manages The CogFx Study, which investigates the link between green buildings, health, and productivity in commercial offices. In collaboration with architects, designers, property owners, building mangers and researchers, he works on applying the findings of this research to the U.S. building stock to promote healthier work environments.
He has also led projects in residential and academic settings, investigating a wide range of exposures and their health impacts. In public housing, he has helped quantify the benefit of smoke-free policies. In office buildings, he has investigated the link between ventilation and environmental quality, productivity, and health. In schools, he has developed a comprehensive database of environmental variables, absenteeism and test scores for all schools in Massachusetts, and managed a study of environmental exposures among Harvard University undergrads in different dorms.
Mr. MacNaughton graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a degree in environmental engineering. He went straight on to a Master’s program in environmental health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He now continues his studies as a doctoral candidate with his advisor, Dr. Joseph Allen, who is also the Program Director for the Healthy Buildings Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment.