Symbiosis: A Patient-Centric Approach to Sustainable Healthcare Facilities Using Biology


Friday, October 21 

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While every university is wondering about how technology will shape the future of education, they are only focusing on digital technologies. There is another incredible being ignored: biology.

Biology, chemistry, and symbiosis are also powerful technologies we can deploy to produce the healthiest buildings for our clients. With over 3.8 billion years of research and development, Nature has already figured out the solutions to all of the problems facing humanity. Nature found a way to produce oxygen, sequester carbon, and develop complex structural forms for free without emissions or waste.

In this brand new talk for 2022, we’ll explore a new approach to achieving high performance educational facilities using a symbiotic mindset. We’ll explore the six categories of symbiosis: Systems, Senses, Signals, Cycles, Biomes, and Genomes, to uncover new approaches to boost student test scores, lower stress levels, or speed comprehension.

While we all have been working with general sustainability in our projects, what if we fast-forwarded sustainability to where it is headed? As we move from the Digital Age to the Biological Age, the line between the natural and the manmade will start to disappear. In this talk, we'll explore how to embrace biology as the ultimate technology to develop a new approach to sustainable design that triggers specific physiological responses in students and staff using human systems, human senses, circadian rhythm, neurotransmitters, and microbiomes to transform how we provide care and learning.



Eric Corey Freed


Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Principal and Director of Sustainability for CannonDesign, he leads the healthcare, education, and commercial teams toward low-carbon, healthy, regenerative buildings for over 30 million square feet a year. For two decades, he was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. 

His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities. He serves on the board of Design Museum Everywhere, whose mission is to “bring the transformative power of design to all.”

Eric is the author of 12 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies” and "Circular Economy for Dummies." In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.






October 21, 2022 at 2:45pm - 3:45pm

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