Biophilic Design is the practice of incorporating nature into our built environments to create spaces where humans can thrive. And?
Biophilia refers to human’s innate affinity with nature. Nature is good for the soul. It’s also good for the heart, the lungs, and the brain. Even if we’re not aware of our cravings, we need nature to feed our creativity, restore our sense of well-being, and keep us healthy.
Biophilic Design is the practice of incorporating nature into our built environments to create spaces where humans can thrive. A visual connection to nature, whether through the use of natural materials or making greenspace readily available in nearby outside spaces, has been proven to reduce stress, increase productivity, and generally make people happy.
Great, right? But what does employing Biophilic Design actually look like in the real world? We were wondering the same thing which is why we’ve invited a really exciting panel of experts to get together on April 26 and discuss the ways they’re employing biophilic practices in their own work.
Let’s meet our panelists:
Senior Vice President and Retail Sector Leader with Callison RTKL in Seattle
Alex has over 20 years of experience helping clients translate their brands into engaging, consumer centric retail experiences. His diverse background in Architecture, Interiors, Industrial design and Branding provides a unique perspective on using all aspects of a three dimensional environment to affect the spatial experience. As a Design Principal, Alex collaborates with clients and a talented team of designers across CallisonRTKL’s offices to set strategic vision and design direction for initiatives at any scale. Alex loves the design process and has a hands-on work style allowing clients to understand and feel comfortable with the developing ideas, while ensuring that the original vision becomes reality.
Commercial Interior Designer and Associate with SERA Architects in Portland
Carissa Mylin is a Commercial Interior Designer and Associate at SERA Architects. SERA is an architecture, urban planning and design firm, focused on sustainable place making at every scale, located in Portland, Oregon. Carissa is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Business Administration. Carissa has over ten years of experience in the commercial interior design and architecture industry and has worked on a wide variety of project types including civic, multi-family housing, healthcare and hospitality design. Carissa currently specializes in high performance workplace environments. She is a design team leader in SERA’s workplace studio.
Interior Designer with Mackenzie in Portland
Dina Radzwillowicz is an accomplished interior designer and project manager with over 12 years’ experience leading commercial tenant improvement projects from programming through final completion. She has had the opportunity to design and document several LEED projects that achieved gold and platinum certification. Overall, her portfolio demonstrates a mix of public, corporate office, and collaborative work place design.
Assistant Professor in Sustainable Design at Portland State University
Travis is Assistant Professor in Sustainable Design in the School of Architecture. Travis's primary interest lies in making architecture that is in closer alignment with the natural patterns of our environment. This primary interest grounds a research, teaching and design agenda focused on appropriate material choice, the prioritization of authentic craftsmanship, passive systems design, adapted historical technologies, Critical Regionalism and temporary architectural solutions.
Hope to see you on April 26! Get the details and reserve your seat via Design Week Portland.