Volume 3, Article 4

The importance of biophilic design: a person-centred approach
Paul Watts, Rebecca Rawson and Uchechukwu Okere

Citation: Watts, P., Rawson, R., & Uchechukwu, O. (2023). The importance of biophilic design: a person-centred approach. Journal of Ecopsychology, 3, 4, 1-4.

Processing dates: Submitted 22nd December 2022; Resubmitted 17th February 2023; Accepted 13th March 2023; Published: 14th July 2023

Biophilic design can transform our urban environments, enhance human connections with buildings and improve health and wellbeing. Incorporating biophilic principles in buildings can enhance employee creativity and productivity, increase sales in retail environments, improve student academic performance and shorten patient recovery times. There are, however, a number of frameworks for integrating biophilic design which can make it challenging for businesses to recognise both the importance and benefits to their building design. To fully embed biophilic design would require a shift in approach towards value.
Future nature-based and human-oriented design methodologies enforced by legislative changes are therefore recommended.

Key words: Biophilic Design, Biophilia, Urban Environment, Health, Wellbeing, Human Connections

Paul Watts
is a Research Student at the University of Derby, UK

Rebecca Rawson is a Lecturer in Sustainability and
Environmental Management, University of Derby

Uchechukwu Okere is Academic Lead in Environmental
Management, University of Derby, UK