Designing, Building and Evaluating Healthy Buildings

Learn how to plan "healthy" buildings for enhanced occupant interaction and overall health and wellness.


Brown School of Social Work at Washington University is a unique academic environment. Located in St. Louis's new Hillman Hall, this “healthy” building is a place where student, faculty, and staff interaction is enhanced by building design.

The building's inclusive design process integrates health and wellness values. Researchers studied the physical activity, interaction, and satisfaction effects on faculty and staff to improve occupant satisfaction, productivity, retention, and creativity—by design.

This course explores the planning process for this "healthy" building. You'll review research for measuring healthy outcomes and explore how research findings can shape future campus facilities.

Learning objectives

  • Explore what elements would make an effective toolkit for evaluating a building's health and wellness performance.
  • Examine the importance of designing buildings that support health, wellness, and collaboration to improve occupant productivity and satisfaction.
  • Discuss methods of planning for wellness, equity, and flexibility to build innovative and empowering learning environments.
  • Review design features that improve faculty, staff, and student workplace satisfaction, building satisfaction, individual effectiveness, and social networking.
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.25 LUs
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA


  • James Kolker


    Associate Vice Chancellor and University Architect / Washington University in St. Louis

    As associate vice chancellor and university architect at Washington University in St. Louis, James...
  • Neal Matsuno


    Principal / Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

    Neal has led some of Moore Ruble Yudell’s most complex projects and recognized for combining design...
  • Adam Padua

    Accoc. AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate / Moore Rubel Yudell Architects & Planners

    Adam Padua graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelors degree in Economics in 1979....

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:15

Passing Score: 80% on quiz