Photo by Kyungsub Shin

Photo by Kyungsub Shin

Design for Wellbeing: New Ideas and Practices in Contemporary Architecture

Two Day Short Course

Can architecture make us healthier? Does it affect our mood, our productivity, and the way we live our lives? Since the early days of modernist architecture we have been told that design would change our lives, but now at the turn of the twenty-first century, new technology and new trends are taking these promises to a new level. Academic researchers, engineers, and architects are beginning to measure the effects of our environment on our lives, and the results are very surprising. Join us for this course and learn more about how architects are moving beyond ‘green buildings’ and dreaming up spaces that actually improve human health and wellbeing through beautiful and innovative designs.


The course will give an overview of the themes and theoretical framework, a series of case studies designed by professional practitioners, and an opportunity to evaluate the HLSI building itself for its effect on its users


Tutors; DaeWha Kang and Younha Rhee 

Dates: Thursday Sept 14 and Saturday Sept 23

Time:  10.30-3.30pm

Fee:     HLSI members £45 for one day, £80 for two days

            Non-members £55 for one day, £95 for two days

Students may opt for one or two days as each day is designed to stand alone.

Venue: Gosling Room


In our two-day course we will share research findings about the links between architecture and wellbeing, and how they are driving new trends in the design world. The course will include several lectures giving an overview of the themes and theoretical framework, a series of case studies designed by professional practitioners DaeWha Kang and Younha Rhee, and an opportunity to evaluate the HLSI building itself for its effect on its users.


Key questions that we will address in the course:

Why are designers moving beyond the old idea of ‘sustainability’ as a technical goal focused just on CO2 emissions or on ‘green buildings’?

What are the different ways that our building designs can transform our health, our environment, and our society?

Will these new approaches lead us to new forms of architecture and new ways of designing buildings?


Our course will mainly be run through lectures and discussion, but will also include a hands-on element. Part of the second day will be dedicated to looking at the HLSI building together and discussing how design interventions could improve the health and wellbeing of its users. The template used for evaluating HLSI will be something that students can take away and use on their own homes or offices.


The course will be divided into two separate days. Day 1 will give broader introductions to how designers have been integrating sustainable design principles into their work. Day 2 will build on Day 1 to look more deeply at health and wellbeing. It will also involve an assessment and discussion of the HLSI building. We recommend attending both, but each day also stands independently if you can only attend one of them.


Day 1:


Introduction: (DaeWha Kang)

Introduction to Sustainable Design in Architecture (Younha Rhee)

Designers and Sustainability: (DaeWha Kang)

Le Corbusier
Louis Kahn

William McDonough and Michael Baumgart

Biophilia and Biophilic Design


Sustainability as a Matter of Form (DaeWha Kang)

Case Studies: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre and Sleuk Rith Institute


Hands on exercise and discussion: framework of design factors for wellbeing (DaeWha Kang)


Day 2:


Design for Healthy Buildings (Younha Rhee)

Designing for Wellbeing and Society (DaeWha Kang)

Case Study: Communiqué Headquarters and Rainbow Building


Introductory lecture: framework of design factors for wellbeing and introduction of handouts (DaeWha)

Walking tour of HLSI building (DaeWha)

Case Study: HLSI building evaluation and discussion about health and wellbeing: (DaeWha)


The Lecturers:


DaeWha Kang is a designer and architect in London whose award-winning practice focuses on improving human wellbeing through beautiful and innovative designs. His work is known for its integration of sustainable design principles into a holistic architectural language. Through his career he has designed buildings on the cutting edge of sustainability, from small to very large scale.


Younha Rhee is an environmental designer who specialises in working with architects to make their buildings healthier and more environmentally sustainable. Through working with world-renowned designers she has driven the sustainability aspect of some of London’s most advanced new developments.