Biophilic Design & Early Child Care Spaces

Lecture & Workshop for Educators, Administrators,
School Staff & Design Professionals

Click here to view a list of  attendees from 6.6.13

Click here to view a list of attendees from 6.7.13

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing new or retrofitting existing spaces where we live, work, and learn in a way that reconnects people with the natural world.


The term “biophilia” literally means “love of life or living systems.” Features include natural shapes and forms; natural patterns and processes; and characteristics of the natural world such as color, water, sunlight, animals and natural materials, and landscapes and geology.

JUNE 6, 2013 / 3:00-5:00 pm: This afternoon lecture will provide an overview of the theoretic concepts of Biophilic Design as well as an overview of concepts in early childhood development. The findings from recent research and an instrument to assess the biophilic design score of a child care space will be shard.

JUNE 7, 2013 / 1:00-5:00 pm: Participants interested in building upon information shared in the June 6th lecture will then work with the facilitator to apply these principles and insights into the design of a space. A case will be provided and the participants will work to develop design solutions. Finally, we will have a conversation about the potential issues in applying these design principles into the design of child development spaces.

Adrian Cerezo Caballero,
Associate Director for Conservation Education Research at Saint Louis Zoo

Lecture Submitted for 2 GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA LU.
Workshop subm
itted for 2 GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA LU.

LECTURE: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
WORKSHOP: Friday, June 7, 2013, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Attendees may participate solely in the lecture, or in both the lecture and workshop (lecture attendance is required if participating in the workshop.)

St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Dr  St Louis, MO 63110
Lower Level of The Living World
June 6 Lecture – Classroom 3
June 7 Workshop – Classroom 2

The classrooms are located in the lower level of The Living World (The building you would walk into before entering into the Zoo), North Entrance of the Zoo. In the lower level, there are a set of double doors with the word “CLASSROOMS” posted above them.

Parking is available in the North Parking lot for $15.00 (Cash or credit card) or parking is free in the streets of Forest Park.  For more information regarding parking, please visit

Click here to view a map of the Zoo.

$30 – Lecture only
$75 – Lecture & Workshop
Open to the public; please pre-register.

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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0854.

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