Biophilic Design: Designing for Health and Increased Performance

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In partnership with IIDA-St. Louis ChapterMissouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science-St. Louis.

In the built environment, we can use the emerging field of Biophilic Design to create building interiors that connect people to nature; that are connected to their place and mimic the sensory delights of a hike through the woods; that evoke the emotions we feel when immersed in water, that bring nature’s smells, sounds, colors and textures indoors.

This presentation will explore clear and compelling case studies of built projects that illustrate Biophilic Design strategies have a significant ROI in interior spaces. Participants will leave with practical resources, tools and tips they can use to embrace this newly emerging field.


  • Examine Biophilic Design as it relates to building interiors
  • Discuss some of the leading reasons to integrate Biophilic Design in projects
  • Explore case studies of Biophilic Design in built projects
  • Identify Biophilic Design benefits by the numbers- data points on ROI

Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion
Tracy highlights the importance of environmental values throughout Teknion and to the company’s clients, both internal and external. She is member of the USGBC, ILFI, ASID, IIDA, International Living Future Institute Ambassador and an accredited professional (AP) with WELL and LEED AP ID+C. She has been selected to serve as WELL Faculty by IWBI for 2018-2019. Her expertise makes her one of the most comprehensive presenters on the topic of sustainability and environmental wellness. She has presented in over 500 venues throughout North America. Tracy currently holds the leadership role for four of Teknion’s key corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives: Material Health -which through transparency actively promotes the reduction and elimination of harmful chemicals from product; Living Green Educational Series -facilitating and creating content for LEED APs and WELL APs seeking credentialing through CEU programs; Environmental Health and Well-Being- guiding clients through the design process for a healthier and better built environment and CSR Asset Management -turning corporate surplus into community service.

Approved for 1 LFA General CE Credit
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

September 10, 2019
5:30-7:30 pm

NOTE change in location!
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for all attendees!

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Thanks to our Event Sponsor!

Growing Green Inc.

Hastings + Chivetta

Lawrence Group

Roof Top Sedums LLC


Tracy will be presenting an additional In-Depth Seminar on Designing with Nature: Biophilic Design in LEED, WELL & Living Building Challenge’ the following morning (Sept 11, 8-10 a.m.) This interactive workshop with natural elements will provide a personal inspiration to biophilic design. The presenter will then lead a discussion on the impact of biophilia on three rating standards: LEED V4, WELL and Living Building Challenge. Click here for more details!

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