Biophilic Holism

Frameworks for Impactful Spaces


Explore the research and guiding principles of biophilia with biophilic design expert Elizabeth Calabrese, AIA. Biophilic Holism explains the origin and meaning of the word biophilia, examines our own human nature through vignette sketches, and outlines the evolution of biophilic design. Principles, experiences, and attributes of the simplified biophilic framework from The Practice of Biophilic Design that she co-authored with the late Dr. Stephen Kellert (the pioneer of biophilic design) are reviewed. The theory and science supporting our innate connection to nature are discussed as is a salutogenic and ecomimetic approach to the design process. Those who take the course will have a better understanding of how to integrate biophilia holistically and ecologically into the design process.


  • Unlimited access to Biophilic Holism
  • Certificate of completion

Learning Objectives

  • Incorporate biophilia and biophilic design into their projects
  • Explain the theory and science supporting biophilic design
  • Integrate biophilia holistically and ecologically into design solutions
  • Utilize a salutogenic and ecomimetic approach in the design process

Continuing Education

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

Your Instructor

Elizabeth Calabrese, AIA
Elizabeth Calabrese, AIA

Elizabeth’s professional and educational focus is promoting human and environmental health and wellbeing by connecting humans to nature and to each other in the built environment. She has been in the design industry for 30 years with national and international projects to her credit. Elizabeth is a leading educator of biophilic design and believes that ecology and biophilia belong at the foundation and core of professional design and engineering programs. As a consultant, she encourages a holistic, integrated, “eco-system” approach when incorporating biophilia into projects including those seeking Living Building Challenge and WELL Building certifications.

Course Curriculum

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