The Impact of Biophilic Design on Student Success

Schools are a cornerstone of childhood development. Numerous studies have shown that the teaching environment can significantly influence academic outcomes and student wellbeing. In ground-breaking research, architects, scientists, educators and artists collaborated to explore how biophilic design elements within a Baltimore middle school classroom enhance human experience and learning outcomes. This presentation will explore the scientific justification for biophilic design, how biophilic design patterns can be applied at minimal cost to classrooms, and how doing so positively impacts student stress recovery, environmental perceptions, and test scores.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall neuroscience theories and precedent research on environmental perception that can inform design.
  • Incorporate specific biophilic design strategies that will produce a positive impact on learning space users’ well-being and academic success.
  • Learn to assess the performance of spaces you design.
  • Identify steps to replicate the methodology and create your own practitioner-academic research partnership and studies.

Date: Tuesday, June 29
Time: 11 AM Pacific / 1 PM Central / 2 PM Eastern
Duration: 1 hour

Bill BrowningBill Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP, is the Managing Partner in Terrapin Bright Green, an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Marriott, Bank of America, Salesforce, the Inn of the Anasazi, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning was a founding member of the USGBC Board of Directors. He began research in human productivity and green buildings in the 1990s at Rocky Mountain Institute and is co-author of Greening the Building and the Bottom Line (1994), The Economics of Biophilia (2012), 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design (2014), Human Spaces 2.0 Biophilic Design in Hospitality (2017) and Nature Inside (2020). His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Popular Science, and in segments by NPR, Reuters, CNN, and PBS.

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