Human Centred Design - is there any other kind? - Online

Understanding how the built environment impacts on peoples’ experience and wellbeing is an important part of design. We spend 85-90% of our time indoors and this has increased even more during the Covid pandemic. During this pandemic our patterns of living have also changed, and there is greater awareness of how our environments shape our health. This poses questions of how we design and adapt buildings for people’s wellbeing.

  • With more people both living and working at home, how does the design of our homes need to change so that this 24 hour home living can promote health and wellbeing?
  • As office use may decline, how might these be repurposed for other uses? How can we ensure that this re-purposing results in healthy buildings?
  • What tools & evidence can we use to support the design of healthy environments, for both new build and retrofit projects?

In the autumn of 2020, The Green Register held a series of training sessions on the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge which included examining the RIBA's healthy building metrics.

This session proved extremely popular, with delegates requesting more in depth training information. We have teamed up with our speaker Ruth Hynes, senior design researcher at Atkins and her colleague Dr Caroline Paradise, Head of Design Research to present a specific training session on human centred design.

This event will explain:

  • The RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge metrics for health and wellbeing
  • The key features listed in the RIBA’s Sustainable Outcomes including social value
  • Current Health and Well Being standards such as WELL and Fitwell
  • Case Studies where Atkins have successfully employed the Human Centred Design approach

Delegates will be able to explore the information presented in a breakout session and will take away practical solutions to apply to their work and in particular, how to achieve the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge metrics.

About the Trainers

Dr Caroline Paradise

Caroline Paradise, Head of Design Research & Associate Director, leads Atkins’ Research & Innovation team, targeting applied research to support growth areas and answer client challenges with innovative solutions. Caroline is a qualified Architect with a PhD in Architecture, and 15+yrs experience in applied research within the built environment industry. Central to her role is driving the research & innovation agenda across the practice through collaborative projects and thought leadership under a number of themes including stakeholder engagement, end user briefing, health & wellbeing and digital technology.

A significant amount of her time is devoted to supporting design teams with intensive stakeholder engagement to develop detailed briefs that accurately capture client aspirations. She has been involved in a variety of projects across a number of sectors, including Education, Residential and Transportation, supporting design development as part of project teams as well as leading standalone research & innovation projects. Caroline was a member of the Research Working Group for the RIBA Social Value Toolkit.

Ruth Hynes

Ruth Hynes is a Senior Design Researcher and a qualified WELL Accredited Professional, with a background in architecture and experience in in combining qualitative and quantitative research methods to better understand how the buildings shape people's experience. She has experience across a number of sectors including Education, Workplace and Residential, supporting design development through stakeholder engagement, applied health & wellbeing research, and the use of Atkins’ Human-Centred Design toolkit.

She has also undertaken a number of post-occupancy evaluation projects in the education and residential sectors, that include sensor technology, environmental data and end user surveys.

January 26th, 2021 4:30 PM through  6:30 PM
Online Training
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Members of The Green Register £ 25.00
Non-Members £ 35.00

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