Implementing Biophilic Design
Designing for Human and Ecological Health
Spaces that foster human-nature connection in the built environment is essential to support human health, healing, creativity, learning, productivity, and happiness. Successful Biophilic Design Integration is an hour-long course that helps to ensure these spaces reach their potential and how we move beyond a prescriptive approach to biophilia integration. Presenting an experiential, regenerative development approach, developed by Sonja Bochart and presented through Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, this course research and sensory-based approach explores the experiential and integrative design co-creative process through several recent examples case studies of various building typologies. It includes methods for increasing stakeholder engagement, supporting increased diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in the design process- and overcoming barriers to ideal biophilic design integration. By considering an integrative biophilic design approach we can create transformative spaces to support greater vitality and cultivate social and ecological well-being.
- Understand leading methods to successfully integrate biophilic design project frameworks.
- Review the four primary aspects of an integrative-biophilic design process.
- Through relevant case studies, learn about the successful implementation of biophilic design at multiple project scales (large institutional, renovation, residential, to support well-being – and increased diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
- Discover tools and resources for successfully engaging in biophilic design education and research into the design process.
- Learn various ways to overcome barriers and increase collaboration, partnership, and connection with project stakeholders to better integrate biophilic design.
This course is approved for 1 GRP CEU and pending approval for AIA and ASLA CEUs.
Sonja Bochart has an extensive background in creating spaces to support human and ecological well-being, working nationally as a designer, biophilia and sustainability consultant. She currently teaches at Arizona State University, serves on ILFI’s Biophilic Design Initiative, and is a board member for Green Plants for Green Buildings. Sonja’s design portfolio includes award-winning projects in all building sectors, and she has led transformative, experiential, regenerative design charrettes for such projects as the University of Washington’s Hans Rosling Center for Population Health Building, The Port of Seattle, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design.