David Cordell ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador Associate Principal, Perkins&Will, Washington, D.C. Though David grew up in Salem, Oregon, a job opportunity following high school brought him to the east coast where he later attended Virginia Commonwealth University as a psychology-major. His career trajectory would change during his sophomore year when he took an interior design class as an elective. He realized his interest in social and behavioral psychology combined with this new-found direction could have a positive impact on people’s emotional health through design instead of counseling, as he originally intended. That same passion to understand and affect human behavior drives his interiors work today. While he has been a part of many award-winning projects, his measure of success is directly tied to the impact on the project’s occupants. In addition, the expertise he brings to each space regarding sustainability and well-being make him a critical component to any successful project team.