Amanda Sturgeon

Using biophilic design to heal body, mind, and soul

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About Amanda Sturgeon

Award-winning architect Amanda Sturgeon leads the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), an organization that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. She is also the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative, which aims to connect people and nature within our built environments and communities. Prior to ILFI, Amanda enjoyed a successful 15-year architectural career working on projects such as Islandwood on Washington’s Bainbridge Island. In 2013, Amanda was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement, and in 2015, she received the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award, honoring her as one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability. Amanda is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings (2017).

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Award-winning architect Amanda Sturgeon doesn’t just create beautiful buildings, she strives to design sustainable spaces that connect people with nature. Inspired by a “biophilic” design strategy, which translates to “love of life,” Amanda is determined to create projects that celebrate their surrounding environment, not shut it out.

From offices to schools to hospitals, Amanda and her team are finding that biophilic buildings create spaces in which people are happier, healthier, and more productive. Watch Amanda’s 2018 TEDMED Talk to learn how her designs are helping people to reconnect with the world around them by breaking down the walls between inside and out.

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