Creating Biophilic Buildings


Creating Biophilic Buildings


What if we could experience the same physical, psychological, and emotional benefits moving through an urban landscape that we experience walking through a forest?

What if we could right our relationship with nature by transforming the built environment in a way that ensures buildings function in harmony with the natural world?

Creating Biophilic Buildings by Amanda Sturgeon calls for an intentional biophilic design renaissance providing a fresh, insightful place to begin exploring how to create places where people and nature can thrive together.

Sturgeon shines contextual light on brilliant historical examples of biophilic design and goes on to present a carefully chosen selection of fourteen international buildings that illuminate both the process and the results.

The clear examples, imagery, methodologies, and lessons from these case studies combined with Sturgeon’s practical Tools and Resources, are the reader’s compelling starting point on the pathway to creating truly biophilic buildings.

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Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA

About the Author

Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), a leading organization that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. She is the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Amanda is an award-winning architect who enjoyed a successful 15-year career working to harmonize the relationship between people and nature on projects such as Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, Washington. In 2013 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement, for which she has been a visionary leader. She was named one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award. Amanda grew up in the United Kingdom, became a citizen of Australia, and now lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her nature-loving family.


  1. Janine Benyus

    Enjoy this visual feast of a book, and then notice how it changes the way you look at buildings, how it expands what you think is possible. The deep divide between us and the rest of the natural world needs to dissolve, and the best places to start are the places we wake up in, and the buildings we live and learn and play in. Amanda Sturgeon’s portrayal of the best case studies in biophilia reminds us how much we love being in close connection to nature, especially when we step inside.

    JANINE BENYUS, Co-founder Biomimicry 3.8

  2. Vivian Loftness

    Creating Biophilic Buildings offers an engaging journey through fourteen of the world’s most compelling living buildings that embrace biophilia in all of its richness, revealing environmental features, natural shapes and forms, natural patterns and processes, light and space, place-based relationships, and evolved human-nature relationships. These richly photographed, powerful projects, and their stories, provide critical insights to make us better designers, better educators, and better students of biophilic design. Biophilia is the shared core of sustainability, resilience and regenerative design—and vital for ensuring a deep and lasting connection to the natural world.

    VIVIAN LOFTNESS, FAIA, University Professor and Paul Mellon Chair of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

  3. Jason F. McLennan

    Our disconnect from nature has created a host of modern-day problems for people and culture itself. Thankfully, the solution can be found all around us in homes and buildings that blur the lines between the indoors and the outdoors, and that generously invite a healthy dialogue about life and natural processes within architecture and building. Creating Biophilic Buildings is a powerful guide to a new way of approaching design. Don’t just read it——absorb its lessons and help create a better world free of nature-defecit disorder.

    JASON F. MCLENNAN, Founder of the Living Building Challenge

  4. Bill Browning

    Creating Biophilic Buildings is a beautiful exposition of elements of biophilic design, how and why they were used in these buildings, and perhaps most importantly, how they change the experience of the people who use these places.

    BILL BROWNING, Terrapin Bright Green

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