December 2016

Designing Well

By |December 14th, 2016|Why Design|

In Week Seven of the Why Design Novena, we explore the well factor. Architect Chris Sample discusses the sustainability movement, its ability to redefine the role of the architect, and how society at large has realized that our built environment has an effect on our planet’s environment, including the human occupants of our buildings and [...]

Designing Identity

By |December 12th, 2016|Wellness, Why Design|

In week six of the Why Design Novena, we explore the ways that design impacts our identity and sense of ourselves in the world. Applied Environmental Psychologist Sally Augustin shares her insights and research and discusses how listening can make all the difference. Tell us a little bit about how your work influences the design [...]

Designing Matter

By |December 3rd, 2016|Blog, Wellness, Why Design|

In week five of the Why Design Novena, we explore the ways that materiality and systems act as ecosystems that can influence the ways we think about and use space. Blaine Brownell, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture shares his research and its implications for design. [...]

June 2016

Designing Instinct

By |June 12th, 2016|Blog, Novenas, Wellness, Why Design|

In week three of the Why Design novena, we explore the physical impact space has on our bodies and minds to understand how our instinct leads us to react to space.  Researcher and architect Ann Sussman shares her work, focusing on how new findings in cognitive science are changing our understanding about architecture and how [...]

July 2015

The Voice for Patients: Authentic Empathy

By |July 23rd, 2015|Authentic Architect, Blog, Novenas, Wellness|

Empathy in design is something that too often gets glossed over in projects.  Thinking about who is using our spaces and their needs elevates design beyond aesthetics, making it resonant, making it architecture. In week seven of the Authentic Architect Novena, we hear from Tammy Thompson, someone who has built her career promoting patient-centered design. [...]