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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Creating Optimal Integration of Biophilic Design in Healthcare Environments

Sonja Bochart, IIDA, LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP
Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Richard V. Piacentini, MS, MBA, RPh, WELL AP
President and CEO, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Paula Quan
Vice President of Capital Planning and Design, Boston Children's Hospital
Uma Ramanathan, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Shepley Bulfinch

Biophilic design (connecting people and the natural world) provides numerous and lasting physical and physiological health benefits to healthcare building occupants. Rapidly emerging research demonstrates the efficacy of biophilic design in increased healing rates, productivity, cognitive restoration, mood improvement, and staff wellness and retention. The speakers will present biophilic design patterns that demonstrates optimal human-nature connections in a case study of the new Hale Family Clinical Building at Boston Children’s Hospital. Related research findings to the design strategies for the case study and specific methods and instruction for conducting a successful experiential integrative-biophilic design project workshop for design team and occupants will be provided. Additional case studies will enable attendees to understand the importance of early biophilic intervention and the process for designing for optimal health and wellness. An interactive exercise will be included.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to successfully integrate biophilic design, by demonstration of a recently completed project for Boston Children’s Hospital.
  2. Develop skills for creating experiential workshops for staff and design team that are fully assimilated into an integrative design process.
  3. Gain an understanding of the emerging research related to biophilic design for patient, family, caregiver and staff health and well-being.
  4. Recognize the value of, and ideal processes, timing and method for implementing a successful healthcare biophilic design healthcare-project workshop.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH