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1st Edition

Programming for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture

ISBN 9780367758868
Published November 11, 2021 by Routledge
282 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Programming for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture presents a new approach to architectural programming that includes sustainability, neuroscience and human factors. This volume of contributions from noted architects and academics makes the case for rethinking the practices of programming and planning to incorporate evidence-based design, systems thinking and a deeper understanding of our evolutionary nature.

These 18 original essays highlight how human and environmental health are closely related and should be incorporated as mutually reinforcing goals in every design project. Together, these chapters describe the framework for a new paradigm of building performance and design of the human experience.

Programming—the stage at which research is conducted and goals established—provides an opportunity to examine potential impacts and to craft strategies for wellbeing in new buildings and renovations using the latest scientific methods. This book expands the scope of the programming process and provides essential guidance for sustainable practice and the advancement of wellbeing in the built environment for architecture and interiors students, practitioners, instructors and academics.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA

Human Factors

1 Programming Interior Environments: Human Experience, Health and Wellbeing

J. Davis Harte, PhD and Laura Regrut, IIDA, ASID

2 Biophilia & Human Health

A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA

3 Beauty is…

Donald H. Ruggles AIA, NCARB, ICAA, ANFA

4 Stress

J. Davis Harte, PhD


5 Programming for People

Keely Menezes, MPH

6 Empathetic Programming to Foster Inclusion

Robin Z. Puttock, RA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

7 Programming for Effective Learning

Laura A. Wernick FAIA, REFP, LEED AP and Erika Eitland, MPH, ScD

8 Programming for WELL Certification on a University Campus

Robin Z. Puttock, RA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP & Angela Loder, PhD, WELL AP



9 Placemaking: Programming Urbanism for Human Engagement

Robert S. Tullis AIA

10 Programming for the Subliminal Brain: Biometric Tools Reveal Architecture’s Biological Impact

Justin Hollander, PhD, Gideon Spanjar, PhD, Ann Sussman AIA, Frank Suurenbrock PhD, Mengfei Wang

11 The Future of Codes and the Architecture Profession

A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA


12 Programming in the Bioregion

Philip Norton Loheed AIA, NCARB, Assoc ASLA with A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA

13 Regenerative Development and Design: Nature and Healing

Bill Reed AIA with A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA

14 Programming for Human Health in a Challenged Climate

John Gravelin, Ellie Hoyt & Jim Newman

15 The Post-Pandemic City

Lawrence A. Chan FAIA


16 Programming and Commissioning: A Bookend Approach to Evidence-based Design

A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA

17 Life Enhancing Habitats: Biophilia, Patterns and Wholeness

Gregory Crawford

18 Evaluating the Success of Architectural Design

C. Robert Horsburgh, Jr., MD, MUS


A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA


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Keely Menezes, MPH uses public health frameworks to emphasize design as a tool for population wellness. She is a writer, artist, and interior designer based on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Pamela de Oliveira-Smith is a Boston-based writer, editor and creative director.

A.Vernon Woodworth FAIA is Life Safety & Code Consulting Service Leader at Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc., in Woburn, MA and a member of the Faculty at the Boston Architectural College. He serves as Secretary to the Human Architecture and Planning Institute, inc. (, a non-profit devoted to improving the user experience in the built environment.