Learning environments that learn from nature

The natural way to improve well-being

The healthier and happier your students, the more they achieve. And the design of the places where they spend their time has a huge influence on their well-being. This is central to our concept of +Positive spaces™ – and to our belief in design that improves mood and concentration through a connection with nature.

Everyone has an innate desire to see and feel this connection. It’s called biophilia. And design that embraces biophilic principles – by bringing the outside inside – is probably one of the most powerful ways of enhancing a sense of well-being in learning environments.

Insights into design’s role in well-being

New thinking and research are constantly influencing and developing the way we support well-being through design. We regularly commission studies into the questions facing architects, designers and the organisations that benefit from their work. And our findings can have important implications for higher education, where students’ physical and mental health is a key responsibility.

You can download a range of white papers, including several on biophilic design. There’s also our guide to the new WELL Building Standard™ Certification, which aims to encourage architects and designers to create spaces that support good health.

Bringing biophilic design to life

To see how higher education providers are improving well-being through a connection with nature, take a look at our case studies.

Stay up to date

Biophilic design is becoming increasingly important as a way of improving health and happiness. New thinking emerges continually – and our blog helps you keep up to date with the latest developments.