Biophilic Design for Schools

Bringing In The Wilds


Living architecture and green infrastructure are proven strategies to improve both physical health and wellbeing of people in constructed spaces, but also emotional and psychological health. Education studies have revealed that schools with access to more natural design elements and systems convey a number of performance and morale benefits to the students housed within at a critical point in a child's development. In this course Dr. Jana Soderlund walks through a number of strategies for implementing and maintaining biophilic design elements into our schools, and explores the how and why of the impacts on students.


  • Unlimited access to Biophilic Design for Schools
  • Certificate of completion

Learning Objectives

  • What is biophilic design and how can it be approached?
  • How can biophilic design impact children and students?
  • What role can biophilic design considerations play in school design?
  • What are some examples of successful biophilic design implementation in school environments?

Continuing Education

This course is approved for 1 AIA/ASLA/GRP HSW CEU

Your Instructor

Jana Soderlund
Jana Soderlund

A childhood spent exploring the beauty of nature fostered a deep passion for nature. Jana was a pioneer environmental educator. An early career in environmental science, population and world resources, evolved to further studies in sustainability and climate change; transformative and resilient thinking; and urban design. Since completing her Ph.D. in Biophilic Urban Design, Jana has been active as a biophilic designer, presenter, educator and academic author. She is a member of the global Biophilic Cities steering committee, Chair of Biophilic Cities Australia, Director of Biophilic Solutions and a Curtin University associate.

She has a recently published book ‘The Emergence of Biophilic Design’, which details the history of biophilic design along with stories of the pioneers and their biophilic initiatives and insights. Plus academic papers, podcasts and videos.

Jana has had an adventurous and diverse life, from science to the arts, and she spent some years backpacking the world, including time living with the Mbuti people in Zaire, Africa and climbing mountains.

A strong passion for nature continues to inspire and motivate her to increase and encourage access for all to the intrinsic benefits of nature in all its patterns, forms, shapes and materials.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to the Living Architecture Academy & Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
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