Workplace Design Principles

A starting point for an evidenced-based design process

Nature: Mood January 22, 2009

Filed under: Nature,universal design — ia2studio @ 10:54 pm

Driving this shift are

employees’ needs for acoustical and visual privacy, increasing amounts of analytical work, and high

levels of telephone use. Allowing for higher cubicles and screens, will provide a person with security which will increase their comfort at their workplace.

Deering, Robert. “Design Focused.” 1 June 2001 4. 22 Jan 2009 <;.

Posted by: Stephanie


Integration of Nature

Filed under: Nature — ia2studio @ 7:37 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Integrating Nature into a design is important and sometimes vital. However, integrating nature into Health care is important to the well-being of patients, doctors, employees, and even visitors. By incorporating nature into a design the Architect/Designer is able to improve such issues.

“To promote wellness, healthcare facilities should be designed to support patients in coping with stress. As general compass points for designers, scientific research suggests that health care environments will support coping with stress and promote wellness if they are designed to foster: 1. Sense of control; 2. Access to social support; 3. Access to positive distractions, and lack of exposure to negative distractions; A growing amount of scientific evidence suggests that nature elementsor views can be effective as stress-reducing, positive distractions that promote wellness in health care environments. “orientations as potential sources of conflict and stress in health facilities


Ulich, RS. “Effects of interior design wellness: theory and recent scientific

               research.” J Health Care Inter Des. 3(1991): 97-109.

Rana Salah


Integration of Nature

Filed under: Nature — ia2studio @ 6:56 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

Sustainable Health care Architecture in a book that focuses on Green and Sustainable design. By Integrating Nature  into a design helps maintain the environment, as well as, create a healthier and safer environment for the individual and the community.  Using curtain walls on the shell of a building to increases the level of available daylight is one example of Integrating Nature into a design as well as, keeping it green and sustainable.   The book provides a variety of example on green and sustainable design.  It provides information on the integrated design process,  health mission, as well as, the 4 key building strategies, which are water, energy, materials, and environmental quality, that Architects and Designers use to produce healthier and better designs for the community. 


Guenther, Robin. Sustainable Healthcare Architecture.

              Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Inc., 2008 (129 – 154)

Rana Salah