Biophilic Design in the Home - Course + Consultation

We will introduce you to our own principles of Biophilic Design and teach you how to apply them, finishing with a two hour consultation with Oliver Heath.

Increasingly, we are seeing a need to implement natural features in the built environment; from the office to our homes, compelling research shows that using the human-centred design approach of Biophilic Design, which brings us closer to nature, can improve our health and wellbeing. Imagine having the tools to implement Biophilic Design into your domestic projects, or even your own home. This insightful and thought-provoking online course is the perfect introduction to Biophilic Design and how to put it into practice in the home.
In this course, we will share our expert knowledge: what we’ve learnt over the past eight years of researching, writing, delivering lectures, seminars and presentations, consulting and practicing Biophilic Design. We will teach you about the theory and benefits of Biophilic Design and its roots in Biophilia. We will equip you with everything you need to implement Biophilic Design into a domestic setting and how to design with nature in mind to improve health and wellbeing.
Once you have completed the Biophilic Design in the Home online course, you will have the opportunity to have a 1 : 1 with Oliver via an online platform to discuss the details of a particular project.
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Become part of a global movement of designing for wellbeing.

A human-centred approach which puts the wellbeing of building occupants at the heart of architecture and design is gaining traction around the world. We have created this course for design students and career designers alike, looking to enhance their professional skills and services using Biophilic Design to create happy, healthy homes, be that for their clients or even themselves.

Completing this course will give you:

  • Knowledge of the essential link between Biophilia and health and wellbeing.

  • Access to the key research studies into the benefits of Biophilic Design.

  • Understanding of the ethos of human-centred design and how Biophilic Design supports it.

  • Insight into what Biophilic Design is and the benefits of using it in each sector.

  • A full breakdown of the 14 patterns of Biophilic Design with examples of features that can be implemented in the home.

  • An online image bank resource to define your own Biophilic style.

  • Inspiration, tips & tricks for creating a Biophilic Home.

  • Confidence to incorporate Biophilic Design features into the design of a home.

  • A Biophilic Design toolkit that can be used in your future design projects.

How you will learn about Biophilic Design

  • Lessons

    Biophilic Design in the Home is formed of 3 modules. We will start with an introduction to Biophilic Design and Biophilia underpinned with research studies and the current context. We will then explore each of the 14 patterns of Biophilic Design in depth and how they can be applied through a range of design features. We will then take you through an applied room-by-room approach to Biophilic Design in the home. This course will take approximately 24 hours to complete, with an extra 2 hours for your exclusive consultation with Oliver Heath.

  • Content

    Oliver Heath talks you through each individual lesson with narrated slideshow presentations and provides you with relevant references for extra reading. There are tasks throughout the course to help consolidate your learning. The beauty of this online course is its accessibility. You can take this course at any time that suits you and your lifestyle. Start when you're ready, then pick up and stop when you need to, what’s more you can go back and repeat sections whenever you need to.

  • Takeaways

    During the course you will build your own Biophilic Design Toolkit for creating moodboards, working with clients to ask the right questions and making sure you gather all the information you need for a successful Biophilic Design project. Then in the final task you will be guided through the design process to put everything you have learnt into practice.

“Throughout the course I will set you tasks to complete. These short pieces of work will give you an insight into how we execute our design projects, from consultancy to evaluations. We hope to inspire you to use Biophilic Design to improve health and wellbeing and negate some of the negative impacts felt today as a result of our fast-paced, urbanised lives.” - Oliver Heath

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome from Oliver

    • Welcome from Oliver

  • 2

    Module 1: An Introduction to Biophilic Design

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1: The Current Situation

    • Lesson 1 references

    • Lesson 2: What is Biophilia?

    • Lesson 2 references

    • Lesson 3: So, What is Biophilic Design?

    • Lesson 3 references

    • Lesson 4: What are the Benefits of Biophilic Design?

    • Lesson 4 references

    • End of Module Quiz

  • 3

    Module 2: The 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design in the Home

    • Module 2 Introduction

    • 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design download

    • Pattern 1: Visual Connection with Nature

    • Pattern 2: Non-Visual connection with Nature

    • Pattern 3: Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli

    • Pattern 4: Thermal & Airflow Variability

    • Pattern 5: Presence of Water

    • Pattern 6: Dynamic & Diffuse Light

    • Pattern 7: Connection with Natural Systems

    • Pattern 8: Biomorphic Forms & Patterns

    • Pattern 9: Material Connection with Nature

    • Pattern 10: Complexity & Order

    • Pattern 11: Prospect

    • Pattern 12: Refuge

    • Pattern 13: Mystery

    • Pattern 14: Risk or Peril

    • Module 2 Summary

  • 4

    Module 3: A Room by Room Approach to Biophilic Design in the Home

    • Module 3 Introduction

    • Room evaluation checklist download

    • Room 1 : The Kitchen & Dining Area

    • Room 2: The Lounge Area

    • Room 3: The Home Office

    • Room 4: The Bedroom

    • Room 5: The Bathroom

    • Outdoor spaces

    • The Final Assignment

    • Final Assignment download pack

  • 5

    Consultation Session

    • What's Next?

    • Consultation Session

Consultation Session

Your 1:1 time with Oliver Heath

This 2 hour consultation package gives you the opportunity to have 1 : 1 time with Oliver via an online platform (such as Teams or Zoom) to discuss the details of a particular project. That could be student course work/dissertation, the development of a live design project for your clients or even your own home. The direction of this consultation will be guided by your specific needs, brief and requirements, so please do clarify this prior to the event.

To give you an idea - the consultation can cover:

  • The existing location and site; threats and opportunities for integrating Biophilic Design.

  • Interpreting the needs of the clients into nature-based wellbeing concepts.

  • Creating Biophilic strategies to support particular activities within the home.

  • Developing floorplans, sections and elevations.

  • Material selection.

  • Sensory considerations such as acoustic, haptic, olfactory and visual.

  • Creation of a multi-stranded Biophilic proposal that meets projects budgets - realising benefits from low, medium and high-cost approaches.

  • Discussing the need for inspiration and business case if required.

To get the most out of the consultation please do be ready to share photographs of the site and building (if one exists), plus any drawings such as site plans, location, floor plans, elevations and sections.

In addition, if there are any planning consents or restrictions that may influence opportunities to the development of the site please do share this information during the consultation period.

Pricing options

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