Advisor: Bess Krietemeyer

The material and environmental conditions of our built environment have a profound influence on our physiological and psychological well-being. As designers of the built environment we must recognize the effects of our design decisions on our bodies and minds. Well-being is a crucial, global concern in light of population density and public health, climate change, technological and scientific innovation, diversity, environment-behavior and resource management. These projects pursue design research into material and system strategies to address mental and emotional health, human sensory systems as drivers for spatial and material organization, new models of designing learning environments for human development, architectural strategies for aging populations, and techniques to engage the design of natural systems for both human health and ecological well-being. These models of critical design thinking examine the diverse needs, desires, and definitions of well-being by experimenting with materials, organizational strategies and spatial processes. They introduce new kinds of environments and spaces, empowering architectural design as an agent of change.