Biophilia and the Wisdom of Nature

Good Health and Well-Being by Design


December 2020

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS364-20 - 1 HSW LU, IDCEC # 113476 - 1 HSW CEU

About this webinar

Biophilia is defined as a love of the living world. We seek nature, especially when we don't feel well. Nature can calm us with a beautiful sunset or invigorate us with a spring rain. Both ancient and modern people use nature in healing, whether it's a sacred spring, a reflective pond, a quiet grove, and majestic peaks. For centuries we have sought these sanctuaries in our quest for health and healing.

This webinar explores the science of biophilia that embraces nature as the teacher to solve complex issues in challenging building spaces.  It will further discuss circadian and color kinetic lighting, human sustainability, healthy buildings, human factors, and nature's geometry of fractals as design tools for the built environment.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Barbara Huelat

Barbara J. Huelat, AAHID, FASID, IIDA, EDAC, Design Principal at Huelat Parimucha, is nationally recognized for her work in evidence-based healthcare design and serves as a healing environment consultant to healthcare facilities, product manufacturers, academia, institutions and the architectural design community. Her three decades of design experience cover virtually all types, components and sizes of domestic and international healthcare facilities. Author of "Healing Environments, Design for the Body, Mind & Spirit" , Barbara lectures frequently and publishes articles on healing environments and a spectrum of healthcare design topics. ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), AIA (American Institute of Architects), ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineers), Planetree, and the Center for Health Design have honored Barbara and her work with numerous design awards for exceptional project work.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Identify basic tenets of human sustainability in ways the built environment impacts our human biology. 
  • Recognize the healing power of nature to enhance the user experience, reduce stress, improve cognitive performance and support health and wellness.
  • Apply architectural and design applications of nature's geometry, as seen in structure, shape, color and light.
  • Evaluate new nature-based design tools to provide design for improved health outcomes.

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