Architecture and Emotions: Designing for a Healthier Built Environment

These projects demonstrate approaches to a ‘feeling’ architecture.
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Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the relationship between the environmentally innovative products used in these projects and occupant well-being
  2. Describe methodologies used in these projects for selecting and specifying healthy building products
  3. List two recommendations given by firms in these projects for addressing occupant health and well-being while reopening offices closed by the pandemic
  4. Explain the approach used for the multifamily projects in this course to make housing safe, equitable, and affordable


This course is part of the The Health and Wellbeing Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

These projects demonstrate the centrality of human emotion in the design or our homes, apartments, places of work and worship and public spaces. While the pandemic has pushed many firms towards understanding how buildings are vulnerable, it has also created new views on the connection between a space and occupant health and well-being. These articles highlight projects taking unique approaches to addressing issues such as the impact of material choices on occupant health, the best use of space for maximum occupant and community benefit, and how architecture can affect emotions in a positive manner.

Temple of Light by Patkau Architects
The lines of the surrounding landscape are abstracted in this building’s curving white form.
Katharine Logan

Architects Advise Clients on Safely Reopening Offices
With varied and sometimes limited information, architects are considering how best to help their clients.
James S. Russell, FAIA

Affordable Multifamily Housing Projects Adapt to Covid-19
Congregants of this church decided to construct an affordable-housing complex for seniors on top of a new ground-level sanctuary.
James McCown

The Case for a Feeling Architecture
This future-architect makes the case that architecture is not only about structures and materials, but also of deeply felt experience.
Jacob DiCrescenzo

Elmira Corning Regional Airport by Fennick McCredie Architecture
See how these architects brought tranquility to the airport experience.
James S. Russell, FAIA

Hunters Point Library by Steven Holl Architects Opens in New York
With it’s stunning view of the Manhattan skyline, this library strives to bring together a community.
James S. Russell, FAIA

Temple of Light

Photo © Dan Seguin

Beside Kootenay Lake, the building's curving lines relate to its landscape.


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Originally published in April 2021