Winner of the 2018 IDEC Book Award
With fifteen essays by scholars and professionals, from fields such as policy and law, Health and Well-being for Interior Architecture asks readers to consider climate, geography, and culture alongside human biology, psychology, and sociology. Since designers play such a pivotal role in human interaction with interior and architectural design, this book sheds light on the importance of a designer's attention to health and well-being while also acknowledging the ever changing built environment. Through various viewpoints, and over 30 images, this book guides designers through ways to create and develop interior designs in order to improve occupants' health and well-being.
Dak Kopec is with the Boston Architectural College where he is the Director for the Design for Human Health Program. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and graduate degrees in Community Psychology and Architecture. He is also certified by the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing at the Masters level. His specialties include custom housing for people with specific health conditions, and designs for community-based organizations, social service agencies, and educational facilities for underserved populations.
Foreword. Chapter 1: Traditional and Alternative Approaches to Health and Well-being; Chapter 2: Co-Producing Our Habitat for Health and Well-Being; Chapter 3: Human Factors and Ergonomics through the Lifespan; Chapter 4: Designing to Confront the Adverse Health Impacts of Workplace Sitting; Chapter 5: Communicable Diseases and our Environments; Chapter 6: Environmental Contaminants; Chapter 7: Green Design and Health; Chapter 8: Health And Wellness In Today's Technological Society; Chapter 9: Salutogenic Design for Birth; Chapter 10: Healthy Schools-Healthy Lifestyles; Chapter 11: Universal Design, Design for Aging in Place, and Habilitative Design; Chapter 12: Empathic Design Matters; Chapter 13: The Role of Place in Wellbeing. Chapter 14: Designing for Spirituality; Chapter 15: Safety, Security, and Wellbeing within the Dimensions of Health Care; Chapter 16: The Intersection of Law, Human Health, and Buildings; Afterword. Contributor Biographies. Image Credits. Index.