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.

chapter |6 pages


ByA. Vernon Woodworth

part Part 1|45 pages

Human Factors

chapter 1|16 pages

Programming Interior Environments

Human Experience, Health and Wellbeing
ByJ. Davis Harte, Laura Regrut

chapter 2|6 pages

Biophilia and Human Health

ByA. Vernon Woodworth

chapter 3|8 pages

Beauty Is…

ByDonald H. Ruggles

chapter 4|13 pages


ByJ. Davis Harte, A. Vernon Woodworth

part Part 2|53 pages


chapter 5|10 pages

Programming for People

ByKeely Menezes

chapter 6|16 pages

Empathetic Programming to Foster Inclusion

ByRobin Z. Puttock

chapter 7|13 pages

Programming for Effective Learning

ByLaura A. Wernick, Erika Eitland

chapter 8|12 pages

Programming for WELL Certification on a University Campus

ByRobin Z. Puttock, Angela Loder

part Part 3|49 pages


chapter 9|27 pages


Programming Urbanism for Human Engagement
ByRobert S. Tullis

chapter 10|14 pages

Programming for the Subliminal Brain

Biometric Tools Reveal Architecture's Biological Impact
ByJustin B. Hollander, Gideon Spanjar, Ann Sussman, Frank Suurenbroek, Mengfei Wang

chapter 11|6 pages

The Future of Codes and the Architecture Profession

ByA. Vernon Woodworth

part Part 4|56 pages


chapter 12|12 pages

Programming in the Bioregion

ByPhilip Norton Loheed, A. Vernon Woodworth

chapter 13|6 pages

Regenerative Development and Design

Nature and Healing
ByBill Reed, A. Vernon Woodworth

chapter 14|17 pages

Programming for Human Health in a Challenged Climate

ByJohn Gravelin, Eleanor Hoyt, Jim Newman

chapter 15|19 pages

The Post-Pandemic City

ByLawrence A. Chan

part Part 5|35 pages


chapter 16|7 pages

Programming and Commissioning

A Bookend Approach to Evidence-Based Design
ByA. Vernon Woodworth

chapter 17|12 pages

Life-Enhancing Habitats

Biophilia, Patterns and Wholeness
ByGregory Crawford

chapter 18|8 pages

Epidemiologic Methods for Evaluating Architectural Design

ByC. Robert Horsburgh

chapter |6 pages


ByA. Vernon Woodworth