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From ABCs to STEM: Biophilic Design in Schools
Biophilic Design in Schools Part 1

GBCI: 0920012511

The term “biophilia” is gaining a lot of attention since it’s been part of the WELL Building Standard following the footsteps of the Living Building Challenge. So, what is it? The innate tendency in human beings to focus on life and lifelike processes is biophilia. Can our understanding of the science of biophilic design help create healthier buildings? Is biophilic design a truly sustainable solution for educational facilities? Join us as GBRI Senior Research Associate Lilli Fischer explores this topic in-depth.
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Published on: March 14, 2017

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In part 1 of this course, we will apply the concepts of biophilic design, detailed in Biophilic Design: A Truly Sustainable Solution, to educational facilities. We will discuss what stress recovery theory and attention restoration theory can teach us about how to create a positive learning environment. Finally we will talk about the current state of educational facilities, and the new theory of evidence-based design.

In part 2 of this course, we will explore the scientific evidence supporting the benefits of biophilic design to students and teachers and go through five examples of schools that are implementing biophilic design already. Finally, we will discuss why biophilic design in schools is especially important right now.

In case you have not watched – we have some more courses on biophilia by Lilli which take a deeper dive into biophilic design in specific applications including, biophilic design in health care, schools, and the prison system.

Use this link to explore more Biophilia course and articles on the USGBC platform.


  1. Explore how access to nature and natural elements can affect our ability to learn.
  2. Uncover design features common in schools today that can be detrimental to learning.
  3. Discover how evidence-based design can be used to improve learning outcomes.
  4. Pinpoint the overlaps between evidence-based design and biophilic design.


This course is a part of the following series:
From ABCs to STEM: Biophilic Design in Schools

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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
New York, NY
United States


Lilli Fisher

Senior Research Associate Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
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Other sessions included in that series:


From ABCs to STEM: Biophilic Design in Schools
Biophilic Design in Schools Part 1


From ABCs to STEM: Biophilic Design in Schools
Biophilic Design in Schools Part 2