A Focus On Wellness

this is where we can make an impact

Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, giving design professionals an enormous opportunity to influence the spaces people frequent – at work, at school, and at home. Learn about the WELL Building Standard and our developing understanding of how the indoor environment affects people. Browse our health and wellness related topics.

Designing for People: An Introductory Look into the WELL Building Standard

It's no secret that we are dealing with a national health crisis. Currently, 87.5% of healthcare costs are due to an individual's lifestyle - things we impose on ourselves: smoking, insufficient sleet, improper nutrition, inactivity, and stress. The WELL Building Standard is the first of its kind focused on improving people's health as a sort of preventive measure. It provides a standard for building performance and operation to ensure that the time spent indoors in helping, not hurting. Read More

Ancient & Modern: Intersecting Traditional Health & Present-Day Healthcare

The Kayenta Health Center embodies wellness on many levels and couples traditional cultural perspectives of healing with current wellness trends. The 182,000sf hospital serves the local Diné community, integrating the community's significant cultural perspective of "Hozho iina", translated as "balanced and good life", and providing a spectrum of outpatient and inpatient care. The design, like IHS's mission, puts wellness first, emphasizes preventative care, and highlights the importance of staying healthy as the first line of defense. Read More

Higher Cognitive Function Scores in Green-Certified Buildings

A Healthy Trend: How the WELL Building Standard is Elevating Healthcare Architecture

What does the WELL Building Standard mean for healthcare architecture? The standard helps designers and healthcare professionals focus on safeguarding people's health - ensuring people stay healthy in the first place - through various design elements, from open and inviting stairs to promoting mindful eating. Read More

Creating Healthier Environments for Teaching and Learning

Schools are an ideal place to incorporate design and operational strategies that support physical and mental well-being and improve student and staff fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and performance. Children start building habits that they'll carry with them into adulthood. By creating environments that better support children's health and well-being, they can shape habits that benefit their long-term wellness and reap a lifetime of benefits. Read More

Tomorrow's Workplace - An Emphasis on Health and Wellbeing

How can design promote health and well-being in the workplace? Because we spend much of our time at work and in an office, it's important to understand how the indoor environment affects our health. According to research, the buildings impact our skeletal and muscular systems, our respiratory systems, and our nervous systems among other critical functions. In fact, there are seven concepts that directly correspond to the needs of the body's systems: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. Read More