A New Lens on Real Estate Design

Bridget Begg’s cover article, “A New Lens on Real Estate Design,” is a feature on lab researcher Natasha Sadikin.  The article focuses on Sadikin’s design background, her experiences at the MIT Center for Real Estate, and her healthy buildings research in the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab.  Inspired by Lab Director Dr. Andrea Chegut’s opening remarks during orientation for MIT’s MSRED program, she worked on a number of projects in the lab, most notably “The Financial Impacts of Healthy Buildings” paper.  Sadikin notes that “while the benefits of healthy spaces have long been qualitatively understood and appreciated, it has not been financially analyzed to impact economic decision-making. It’s sad to say that a majority of our buildings are not being built to even these basic human essentials.”