Wellbeing is at the core of our i2C principles and is an aspect that we are focussing on more and more on our projects and design thinking. With a statistic of most of us spending more than 90% of our time indoors, it is critical that these indoor environments nourish and fulfil our physical, social and psychological needs as workers and individuals.
Whilst design decisions can be based on varying factors: beauty, function, biomimicry, symmetry, colour, texture, environmental impact and so on, one of the most powerful elements of building and design is the opportunity to impact and improve the health and well-being of people.
Recently, i2C has had the pleasure of hosting Elizabeth Miles, Director, Australia and New Zealand. International WELL Building Institute in our Sydney and Melbourne offices to lead hands on workshops on WELL, the performance based building standard that focusses on people and their health and wellbeing.
Liz stressed to us all that through people centric design and careful consideration of the building users throughout the design process we as designers can act as ambassadors for public health.
Simple yet effective design decisions such as the placement of drinking water stations, selection of non-toxic materials and lighting that aligns with the body’s circadian rhythms can lead to an uplift in building user performance therefore financial returns for an organisation.
“It was a pleasure introducing the i2C teams to the WELL Building Standard – the lively discussion that followed demonstrated a quick understanding, passion and commitment towards integrating healthy design features to positively impact their clients and projects” Elizabeth Miles
BA (Hons) Business Management, MSc Strategic Project Management
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