Well-Being

We design buildings first and foremost for people – spaces that inspire and empower them to work, live, and learn to their greatest potential.

Room Service: Integrating Food into the Residence Hall

by Sara Stein, Mark Warner

Students today live a 24/7 lifestyle, so residential life and campus dining teams are adapting to improve student services, wellness, and opportunities for community engagement. An increasing number of campuses are integrating food into the residence hall – not only in apartments and suite-style units, but also as focused community spaces that serve residents in a variety of ways. Vibrant social spaces with soft seating, flexible furniture, and a kitchen or food-prep area are popular with good reason: food has always served a cultural function – at the center of social occasions and even unifying regions. In a residence hall, integrating community kitchens and/or a food-service function can highlight the importance that food plays in wellness, education and culture. A kitchen can support residential life programming, enable students to share their culinary heritage, and logistically complement somewhat limited weekend or late-night food service elsewhere on campus. Our recent projects with Trinity College, Duke University, and Pace University integrate food service in varying ways to enhance residential life programs and enrich the student experience.

The Planetree Philosophy of Design: Embrace, Care, Heal

by Tushar Gupta

The Planetree philosophy is rooted in advancing patient-centered care through better patient and family activation, improved quality and safety, and deeper staff engagement. Most recently we designed a Planetree Designated® Patient-Centered Hospital at Stamford Health that personalizes, humanizes, and demystifies the healthcare experience.

Author Q&A: Leigh Stringer on The Healthy Workplace

Leigh Stringer shares the origin story of The Healthy Workplace, and why health is an important topic for the industry and for business in general, in this article for Work Design Magazine.  She shares some surprising findings during research and describes “what a healthy workplace looks and feels like” based on her visits to many leading organizations that focus on health.

10 Bad Habits that Should be Banned from the Workplace Forever

Leigh Stringer shares some of the research from The Healthy Workplace with HR professionals. In this article for HR Voice, she discusses 10 habits that should be banned from the workplace altogether, such as working while sitting for long periods of time; working indoors all day; letting papers pile up; emailing on vacation; and not taking a vacation or going to work while sick.

10 Tips for Being Healthier and More Productive at Work

Leigh Stringer shares some of the research from her bestseller,  The Healthy Workplace, with technology professionals in this article for CIO Magazine.  Her 10 tips for improving productivity at work include building in flexibility as to how, when and where you work; leveraging “biophilia”; leveraging choice architecture; and creating nudges to encourage healthy behaviors in the workspace.

Healthy Workplaces Are Critical to Business Success

Leigh Stringer shares the business case for healthy and engaged employees with Contract Magazine.“Clearly, human health is a driving force for business growth. But how can the built environment play a more meaningful role? Besides the obvious solutions, such as providing sit-stand desks and access to natural light, how can workplace design positively impact health and, ultimately, human performance?” This article includes five particularly compelling workplace strategies.

How Work and Health Can Go Together

by Leigh Stringer

Do you actually know what’s happening biologically in your body when you experience stress—and what that means for your ability to make decisions?

An Interview with Joanna Frank from the Center for Active Design

by Leigh Stringer

FITWEL is a new certification developed by the Centers for Disease Control and the US General Services Administration to evaluate workplaces for supporting human health and wellbeing

Leigh Stringer interviewed Joanna Frank, Executive Director of the Center for Active Design about the certification, and how CfAD will be administering FITWEL.

How The Work Place Affects Work: An Interview with Leigh Stringer

Leigh Stringer, a workplace strategist who blends her master’s in architecture with her MBA and a passion for research with practical application, met with David Burkus, the host of Radio Free Leader and regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Inc. magazine. This podcast shares insights on leadership, innovation, and strategy, as well as how the workplace affects the well-being of employees… and a company’s bottom line.

"Tooth and Nail" University system gets technical with new dental building

The last dental school facility in Houston was built in the 1950s. As is the case with medicine, technologies improve, methodologies evolve, and new opportunities for increased effectiveness develop, all at a rapid pace.

The article begins on page 57 of the magazine.

Leigh Stringer Interviewed on the Importance of Office Culture

by Leigh Stringer

Leigh was recently interviewed by the American Management Association on how office culture & environment makes a huge impact on the well-being of a company and its employees.

The Real Reason Open Offices Bother Us So Much

by Leigh Stringer

Open workplaces designed to encourage innovation and creativity often have the reverse effect, but there are practical solutions for helping managers (and those of us designing work spaces) think differently about the way we approach open work and work environments.