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.


Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Continuing Education

This course is approved for 1 GRP CEU and pending approval for AIA and ASLA CEUs.


Your Instructor


Sonja Bochart, IIDA, LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP, LFA
Sonja Bochart, IIDA, LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP, LFA

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.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction to the Living Architecture Academy & Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
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  Implementing Biophilic Design
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  Implementing Biophilic Design Concepts Review
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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