Metrics make it clear that the interaction between people and place affects physical and psychological wellbeing, and that an emphasis on wellness leads to greater productivity and reduced downtime. Everyone should love where they work and be engaged by the environment and its amenities for recharging and work-life balance.
IA’s human-centered design takes a holistic approach to uniting user needs, the work environment experience, and the built environment for a better quality of life. We invite full team collaboration—client, designers, engineers, partners, and landlord. The quality of air, water, and light and the need for comfort, fitness, nourishment, occasional privacy, access to nature, and aesthetics that reflect culture—features that contribute to wellbeing—are all factors in a design customized to client goals and culture.
WELL certification focuses on the workforce and the work environment; LEED certification focuses on building systems and materials sustainability. Both certifications are measured against set standards, and IA professionals are champions of both.
Use best practices and the latest technologies/materials for sustainable construction.
Does the current work environment align with best practices and industry metrics for wellness and sustainability? How does it fall short? Remedy.
DESIGN FOR HUMAN BODIES & MINDS
Define the basic parameters—physical, cultural, psychological— for a healthy, humane space that compliments client culture and mission.
CULTURE / VISIONING
Explore in depth the organization’s culture, and identify the best ways to promote wellness and sustainability within that culture.
What aspects (thermal, ergonomic, acoustical, etc.) of the built environment impact user comfort? Strategize solutions for comfort and health that will work within the organization’s culture.