Biophilic design: An introduction for designers

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Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

This seminar highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design, and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that can help develop relevant capabilities within practices to create environments that truly connect people to nature. The seminar will explore “what is” and “what is not” biophilic design to assist in removing ambiguity in this area and provide tangible principles, and also explore case studies that have successfully integrated aspects of biophilic design to assist readers in visualising and recognising truly biophilic environments.

AACA Competency: Design

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Related Resource: For further reading, you can view our recently released Environment Design Guide (EDG) note: ‘Biophilic design: an introduction for designers’ by Rory Martin and Stephen Choi. EDG is available to A+, Graduate and SONA members, and EDG subscribers.


Rory Martin and Stephen Choi

Rory is a registered architect and holds an Honours B.Arch and MSc with distinction in Environmental Design. For the past 10 years he has worked in Canada, the UK, Vietnam and Australia in architecture, development and sustainability roles.

Rory supports the work of the Living Future Institute of Australia through the facilitation of Biophilic Design workshops. He is a regular contributor to the Australian Institute of Architects, the Property Council of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia on sustainability issues and in 2014 was awarded the inaugural ‘Future Green Leader’ Award by the Green Building Council of Australia for young peoples’ contribution to sustainability in the property and construction industry.

Stephen is a UK-registered architect and Australian-educated Project Manager with an MA in Sustainability & Design. He has been in the building industry for 17 years, working across multiple sectors and scales to advance towards a better environment.

Stephen co-founded not-for-profit environmental building and research organisation Architecture for Change in 2011, has taught at various levels from Masters’ Degree to unemployed people looking to enter the industry, and has a long experience of delivering and writing curriculum. Stephen is the current Executive Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia, whose vision is one of a socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative future.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1.5 hours

    Continuing professional development hours

    1.5 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe some of the philosophies behind building a sustainable society
  • Describe why the biophilic design is central to connecting people to nature in the built environment
  • Identify the six key elements of biophilic design as defined by Dr Stephen R. Kellert
  • List ways in which biophilic design can contribute to human health and wellbeing.

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full Price $101.00
    Member $75.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $69.00
    Graduate Member $69.00
    SONA Member (student) $40.00

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    Published on: 09/08/2018

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