Biophilic Design for Learning


North Tower - 2nd Floor - Pacific

  • Primary Core Competencies: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
  • AIA CEU: 1.0 LU HSW
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Design of Educational Facilities


Biophilic Design for Learning. Connecting people to experiences of nature in the built environment can lower stress and improve cognitive function-- this is biophilic design.  This presentation will include the science, elements and case studies.  It will highlight the results of a recently completed study of the impacts of biophilic design on learning outcomes and biometric stress measurements among middle school students. 

Learning Objectives

OBJ#1  Hear how to incorporate specific biophilic design strategies that will produce a positive impact on learning space user's well-being and academic success.

OBJ#2  Learn to techniques to access the performance of the spaces you design with testing and biometric measurements.

OBJ#3  Become inspired to replicate the methodology, and create your own practitioner-academic research partnership and studies.

OBJ#4  Apply the principles of neuroscience theory of function, perception, and  biophlic design and access a compressive list of precedent research.


Bill Browning, AIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner, Green Development Services at the Rocky Mountain Institute