Assistant Research Professor of Architecture
University of Oregon
Mark Fretz is an assistant research professor and associate director of outreach at the University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment. A designer, researcher and former Public Health Service clinician, Mark synthesizes diverse experience to facilitate knowledge exchange between the Institute’s Industry Consortium, research labs, collaborators and stakeholders. His research interests are focused on exploring and designing synergies that optimize human occupant health while reducing energy use in buildings. An important theme in this exploration is understanding how human migration from outdoor to indoor dwelling has affected evolutionary mechanisms connected with health and how architectural design can restore these relationships.