Interactive Workshop: 100 minutes
Q&A: 20 minutes
Extensive research shows a strong correlation between the health of children and the primary environments in which they spend most of their time: home, school, and neighbourhood. Yet, when it comes to designing and constructing schools, architects and planners are rarely asked to employ design strategies that promote the mental and physical health of children. All too often, the holistic health of the child is not prioritized when devoting resources to the design of a school. The concept of salutogenesis—building design that seeks to enhance health and well-being—is relatively new and, as such, lacks guidelines that would otherwise assist architects when designing or renovating schools.
This supersession will introduce attendees to health and well-being research from many different fields to understand how this may be applied within the context of school design. Through interactive exercises this session will help attendees assess the efficacy of a comprehensive set of 27 design guidelines. Attendees will be introduced to the HSAT (Healthy School Assessment Tool). This tool will help school architects and planners as well as school districts and principals assess the educational adequacy of their learning spaces to map out steps necessary to create salutogenic learning environments that enhance the well-being and resilience of all children.
Founding President & CEO | Education Design International
Email: Prakash@EducationDesign.com | Web: EducationDesign.com
Prakash is a world-renowned architect, futurist and the Founding President & CEO of Education Design International. Over the past 20 years, Prakash has helped build EDI into the global leader for school design with innovative work in 54 countries on six continents. He has won many international awards including the 2022 Outstanding Educational Leadership Award and the A4LE MacConnell Award.
Prakash has written dozens of articles in leading education journals, and he has written three books. His first book, The Language of School Design is used as a textbook on school design at leading universities. His book, Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning was published by Harvard Education Press and has already become the industry gold standard for innovative school design worldwide.
Prakash served as an instructor for Harvard X “Leaders of Learning”, an online course that lets you explore and understand your own theories of learning and leadership. More than 280,000 people from around the world registered for and attended this course.
Sr. Planning & Technology Consultant | Education Design International
Parul is responsible for designing, managing, and maintaining EDI’s various technology tools such as the Company’s SPACE and PATH APPS and its EduSPACE APP. She also works closely with EDI’s President on leading industry research papers and coordinates the company’s various publications. Parul plays a key role in EDI’s online media presence.
She is a research scholar in the Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India and is slated to receive her Ph.D. in 2022. Through her expertise in salutogenic (healthy) design, Parul has created a series of guidelines and assessment tools that educational architects can benefit from as they develop new schools and renovate existing facilities in ways that best serve children’s holistic health and well-being.