Columbia GSAPP Spring 2021 | Sick City | Prof. Hilary Sample

Harnessing the Healing properties of

Biophilic Design for Medical Facilities

A photo essay understanding the integration of nature as a stategy to boost healing process of patient for medical architecture and other infrastructure of care. 

︎What is Biophilic design?

An underlying premise of incorporating nature into the built environment:

“when people are regularly in contact with nature, personal health and wellbeing will improve in a manner and to a degree that contributes meaningfully to public health, community resilience and environmental stewardship” - Browning, W. D., Nature Inside (2020).

︎How does it relate to the design of medical facilities?

︎changes during 2019-2021

[1] Browning, W. D., & Ryan, C. O. (2020). Nature Inside: A Biophilic Design Guide (1st ed.). RIBA Publishing.

[2] Goldberg, Bertrand (1964) “Affiliated Hospitals.” Retrieved April 16, 2021, from

[3] Kellert, Stephen R. Nature by Design the Practice of Biophilic Design. Yale University Press, 2018.

[4] Morand, S., & Lajaunie, C. (2018). 8—Wellbeing. In S. Morand & C. Lajaunie (Eds.), Biodiversity and Health (pp. 119–131).

[5] Principal, C. B. (n.d.). Health, Nature & Sustainability: Jacobs Medical Center in San Diego. Retrieved March 9, 2021, from naturesustainability- jacobs-medical-center-insan- diego/