Designing for Wellbeing

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Date: Week 6: 6-10 July


The Architecture of Wellbeing: Lucy Plumridge, HLM Architects

The Government is actively encouraging universities to treat wellbeing as a strategic priority. Mental health is at the top of the agenda and a real issue for students. Lucy will share findings from live projects to illustrate how tools have influenced the decision-making process to enhance wellbeing and the student experience. She will also look at how social spaces, interaction, physical activity, active learning and quiet areas can be delivered with the greatest positive impact.

The presentation also covers:

  • An understanding of how design can influence wellbeing
  • How to embed wellbeing in the stakeholder engagement process
  • Findings to date
  • Standards like WELL and FitWell and how they can help
  • What’s next for wellbeing

Healthy Schools: Designing for Wellbeing – Claire Mantle, ADP Architecture 

What really matters?

Only by stepping into the shoes of pupils, parents and staff, can we understand just how design can positively impact every day activities and experiences; teaching and learning, and wellbeing. Claire explores how through client engagement we can really evaluate how architecture can positively impact wellbeing.

 What about the importance of the Outdoors?

Outdoor learning can make for happier, healthier, well-rounded students – particularly those with special educational needs. Outdoor spaces relieves stress and anxiety, develop social skills and motivate learning. The healing ability of a landscape is well documented in healthcare: natural environments offer peace and tranquillity, and can help improve recovery. Applying these principles in education settings is just as crucial. Drawing on our experiences in both education, healthcare and residential design for autism and SEN, we explore the key watch-points.

 Learning points:

  • Understanding the users’ needs and perspective – student, staff and parent.
  • Considerations when designing for autism
  • The importance of external environments




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