AIA Gulf Coast Green 2017

Contributed by Melanie Schlossberg
March 26, 2017

We are so proud to be presenting at this years AIA Gulf Coast Green conference in Houston, TX. Louise Nicholson Carter will be assisting Diane Alexander present her work titled: Therapeutic Gardens: Where Science and Art Merge.


This course provides architects and designers with a multitude of biophillic and sensory integrated approaches to designing purposeful “havens” for clients with challenges. Well Building criteria will be interwoven in the designs of Case studies and personal stories from colleagues shared to stimulate your imagination to the many ways to incorporate more meaningful outdoor and indoor gardens environments into projects.

This presentation was developed with the help of Dr. Amy Wagenfeld, an Occupational Therapist, Professor, and Author of “Design for Healing spaces: Therapeutic Gardens”. Amy is convinced that therapists need architects and designers and architects and designers need therapists, to combine science, function, and art in a way that creates more meaningful designs. Her book is an eye opener to the multitude of healing garden venues in existence and the need for many more and was used extensively as a reference in the studies presented in this talk.

Institutions need purposeful gardens but those venues are often not a permanent solution for treatment. Community parks and neighborhood settings can also provide meaningful “placemaking” opportunities for shared healing gardens. Homes should also provide specialized venues that are designed to continue the therapies and ideas that have been introduced. There is a huge gap that exists in the design world to providing therapeutic designs to the masses outside the institution who need the help so much.

Here are the download links for the presentation: