Our experience recognizes that human wellness and the built environment are intrinsically linked. We believe in advancing wellness beyond health and wellness centers to academic projects, urban towers, mixed-use developments and work environments.

Design for wellness begins early in a project’s development. We identify features that enhance human comfort, encourage positive behaviors, make conscientious hygiene easier, and support a ‘mind, body, spirit’ approach to a more healthful daily life. Fundamentally, our architecture must connect people to nature.

A healthier planet means healthier inhabitants.

Sustainability is the baseline of design for wellness. Rising awareness of carbon-neutral, net-zero, LEED and WELL Building standards speak to our collective desire to reduce pollution, conserve resources and advance energy alternatives.


Characteristics and qualities of wellness environments


  • Views of nature and occupiable terraces and gardens provide occupant connections to the outdoors.
  • Outdoor spaces that extend interior activities to the outside such as ground-level greenspace, sky gardens and upper-level amenity terraces for urban towers.


  • Use of natural materials like stone and wood impart warmth, comfort and calmness.
  • Materials that reference a building’s surroundings deepen a sense of belonging for emotional wellness.


  • Allowing building users spatial and configuration options for working, socializing and/or studying reduces stress and empowers choice.
  • Design features that promote healthy behaviors and accommodate distancing as needed, such as interconnecting staircases and generous circulation pathways that also invite movement.
  • Flexible and mobile offices, meeting and collaboration spaces and furnishings that adapt to different working styles can also answer distancing needs.
  • Spaces that generate innovation by facilitating collaboration and cross-disciplinary problem-solving .


  • Substantial street-level open space, such as deep setbacks and canopies, for users to build neighborhood connections.
  • Integrated art and publicly accessible art provide a positive point of focus to encourage mindfulness.
  • Easily accessed, walkable landscaping.
  • Flexible multipurpose and lounge spaces for teaming, collaborating, socializing and community building practices.

Features of design for wellness:

  • Natural light deep into interior spaces
  • Views of nature from interior spaces
  • Natural materials
  • Local materials
  • Art installations
  • Flexible spaces
  • Comfortable, mobile furnishings
  • Fresh air access
  • Operable windows
  • Elevated greenspaces and roof gardens
  • Open, grand connecting stairs
  • Clear wayfinding
  • HVAC filtration and measurable air quality systems
  • Hand hygiene stations
  • Touchless elevator and conveying systems

Program spaces for health & wellness

  • Central common spaces or “living room” space
  • Flexible multipurpose, meeting and lounge spaces
  • Spaces for teaming, collaborating and community building
  • Fitness facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor walking tracks
  • Teaching kitchens
  • Multipurpose classrooms for yoga, meditation, etc.
  • Healthy dining venues
  • Planted greenspace, both occupiable and non-occupiable
  • Interior and exterior decompression space, nooks, alcoves, etc.
  • Roof gardens/green sky gardens
  • Small interior and exterior quiet/contemplation spots