A short introduction to design and well-being merges the physical, environmental, and social sciences with spatial design with the goal of complementing and enhancing physical activity, cognitive performance, and psychological and physiological health and well-being in your building design.

Do you wonder?

Join us to hear about scientific research and observations on the following and much more.

  • If preschool children's attention behaviour is based on the interior design element of houseplants?

  • What do childbirth supporters in hospital birth units at Sydney, Australia have to say about the design of Maternity wards?

  • How can young minds be nurtured from Kindergarten through 12th-grade public schools through better design?

About the Session

In this presentation, Dr Harte will share design research stories from her practice, from transdisciplinary research and from BAC Design for Human Health Master of Design student examples. Often using a trauma-informed design lens, and viewed with an understanding about our shared hardwired neuroscience systems, the audience will see design examples that mitigate stress from child-abuse intervention centers, public schools, and childbirth hospital environments to demonstrate how our built spaces play a role in shaping our health and wellbeing. Below is one such example of student work.

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Davis Harte

Director of the Design for Human Health, BAC, Boston, USA

J. Davis Harte ("Davis") is Director of the Design for Human Health master's program at the BAC. Davis is also an advocate, practitioner, and speaker who bridges trauma-informed spaces, children's places, and birth environment design with brain, neuroscientific and environmental psychological knowledge. She teaches Environmental Psychology, Advanced Theories in Design for Wellbeing, and Play and Health in Designed Environments. She centers equitable representation and social justice for the global majority in her design work and scholarship. She co-leads the Global Birth Environment Design Network (GBEDN) with Doreen Balabanoff, PhD and Nicoletta Setola, PhD. She is most proud of the work she did as the environmental designer for The ABC House, an abuse-intervention center adaptive re-use project located in Albany, Oregon. Davis holds a PhD in Health from the University of Technology Sydney, where she produced "The Childbirth Supporter Study': Video-ethnographic examination of the physical birth unit environment". She has multiple peer-reviewed publications and chapters on this and other topics. Her Master's degree in Design for Human Environments (interiors focus) from Oregon State University investigated preschool children's attentional behaviors, based on the randomized presence of houseplants. Her primary research and theoretical interests are systems theory, spatial justice, play, attention restoration theory, resilience, salutogenic and therapeutic design, symbolic interactionism, neuroscience, and evidence-based design.

7th April, World Health Day

Session Details

  • Indian Standard Time

    07:30 PM IST

  • Pacific Standard Time

    07.00 AM PST

  • Eastern Standard Time

    10.00 AM EST