ErgoExpo Webinars

The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design

May 9, 2018 | 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes


Right-angle chair sitting is intrinsically problematic. The design moves problems around the body, but never eliminates them. Join our free webinar to find out why designing for movement and diverse postures is preferable. Professor of architecture Galen Cranz has designed everything from parks and playgrounds to a house and bathtub. She will summarize the history of the classic right-angle chair and discuss alternatives, such as the lounge, the perch, sit-to-stand solutions and more.

Webinar Takeaways

  • Outline the biomechanical and ergonomic problems of chair sitting

  • Discuss how chair designers have tried to solve the ergonomic problems

  • Identify alternatives to the classic right-angle chair

Attend and earn a Certificate of Completion you can use to apply for CEUs with BCSP directly or CoC points with BCPE directly

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Tony Silva

Galen Cranz
Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Galen Cranz is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley; a Ph.D. sociologist from the University of Chicago; and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She teaches social-cultural approaches to architecture and urban design, emphasizing user experience. Her publications include Ethnography for Designers; Environmental Design Research: Bodies, Cities, and the Buildings Inbetween; The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design; The Politics of Park Design: A History of Urban Parks in America; and “Defining the Sustainable Park: A Fifth Model of Urban Parks,” in Landscape Journal. She has participated in several park design competitions including Tschumi's Parc de LaVillette, Paris.

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