Biophilic Design: An Introduction for Designers

Biophilic Design: An Introduction for Designers

Biophilic Design: An Introduction for Designers


This seminar highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that can help develop relevant capabilities within practices to create environments that truly connect people to nature.
The seminar will explore what is and what is not biophilic design to assist in removing ambiguity in this area and provide tangible principles, and also explore case studies that have successfully integrated aspects of biophilic design to assist readers in visualising and recognising truly biophilic environments


This presentation is equivalent to 1.5 hours/points of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Design: Pre Design

2.1  Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.
2.2 Application of principles controlling planning, development and design for the project site.

Design: Conceptual Design
3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.

Design: Schematic Design
4.2 Evaluation of design

2021 Competencies:

Practice Management and Professional Conduct:
PC 3 Apply principles of project planning, considering implications for Country, environmental sustainability, communities, stakeholders and project costs. 
PC 12 Provide independent, culturally responsive and objective advice in accordance with relevant building codes, standards, technical specifications and guidelines, and planning regulations, including climate change implications, across all aspects of architectural practice. 
PC 16 Be able to apply risk management and mitigation strategies – including safety in design, project risk, requirement for resilience from the impacts of climate change and appropriate insurances – across architectural services. 

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design:
PC 28 Be able to draw on knowledge from building sciences and technology, environmental sciences and behavioural and social sciences as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project. 
PC 31 Be able to identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability – such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions – over the lifecycle of a project. "





Rory is a registered architect and holds an Honours B.Arch and MSc with distinction in Environmental Design, as well as having completed the Autodesk Building Performance Certificate. For the past 10 years he has worked in Canada, the UK, Vietnam and Australia in architecture, development and sustainability roles. Rory has spoken at numerous events around Australia and overseas on BIM and sustainability and is a regular contributor to the Australian Institute of Architects, the Property Council of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia on sustainability issues. In 2014 he was awarded the inaugural “Future Green Leader” Award by the Green Building Council of Australia for young peoples’ contribution to sustainability in the property and construction industry. . 



Stephen is a UK-registered architect and Australian-educated Project Manager with an MA in Sustainability & Design. He has been in the building industry for 17 years, working across multiple sectors and scales to advance towards a better environment. Stephen co-founded not-for-profit environmental building and research organisation Architecture for Change in 2011, has taught at various levels from Masters’ Degree to unemployed people looking to enter the industry, and has a long experience of delivering and writing curriculum. Stephen is the current Executive Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia, whose vision is one of a socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative future 


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Non-Member: $74
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