Christine Friello-Fini


Christine Friello-Fini joined the ARTZ Philadelphia Board in 2019. She has taken a temporary break from the Board as she launches a new business, but is happy to be able to serve the organization in this different capacity for now.

Christine is a licensed architect and certified interior designer who earned her master’s degree in organizational psychology and change leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and is currently the Head of Global Workplace Environments for AXA XL, a global insurance provider.  In this role she provides leadership, passion and expertise grounded in applied research, theory and evidence-based practices that holistically address the ecosystem of people, space, technology, processes, product delivery, and client relationship management. She is a coach, mentor and process consultant, guiding her team to fulfill its mission to enhance the colleague care experience within the built workplace environment.

​Christine has a strong interest in the evolving field of environmental gerontology, culturally competent elder care that seeks better understanding of dementia in all its forms and creates experiential interventions to optimize the relationship between aging persons and their physical and social environments. It is in this area that she feels the inter-professional combination of her architectural, interior design and organizational psychology experience can best be put to use in service of others to help improve lives. She is hopeful to contribute to the ARTZ@Jefferson program to foster in young doctors enhanced clinical skills, empathy, compassion and inclusiveness towards patients living with dementia, including the influence of the built health care environment on themselves and their patients.

Photograph of Christine Friello-Fini