TANJA C. VOLLMER
Prof. Dr. Tanja C. Vollmer is co-founder and scientific director of Kopvol architecture & psychology (1) in Berlin, Germany and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Since 2016 Tanja Vollmer academically represents the field of architectural psychology and health building design in Germany, first at the Technical University of Berlin (2), and since 2019 at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich. With her internationally cited studies on changes in the perception of the seriously and chronically ill and their relation to architecture, she paved the way for authoritative changes in the planning and design of hospitals and healthcare facilities. Tanja studied and received her PhD in Biology and Psychology at the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany and Health Psychology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. As a leading architectural psychologist, she chairs numerous expert panels in Germany, including the Scientific Consortium for Architecture and Global Health at TUM (3), the German Society for Applied Psychology in Architecture and Oncology (4) and the Society of Architectural Psychology (5). One of Dr. Vollmers´ main research focuses is the investigation of hospital architecture on the health and well-being of hospitalized children and parents. Funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building an Community and the Federal Institut for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, Tanja currently develops new standards for the planning and design of children's hospitals (6). Read more about this Project “RUN, if you can. Healing Architecture for hospitalized Children and Families” (7).