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Connecting people with nature through the built environment

The Biophilic Design Institute offers a collection of comprehensive
resources and tools that will equip you to seamlessly integrate
biophilic design into your practice.

Embrace your connection to nature and create environments where life can flourish.

By applying the principles of biophilic design to your work (and life), you will be equipped to create spaces where mental health, happiness, and overall well-being naturally occur. Build confidence in selling the concept to clients and fostering a community where you can discuss both the big ideas and technical implementation.

Biophilic design has the power to...


Biophilic design is a transformative approach to design that leverages our inherent connection to nature in shaping the spaces we inhabit.


Beyond mere aesthetics, it recognizes the substantial impact of our relationship with the natural world on mental health, happiness, and overall well-being. Biophilic design can be incorporated into spaces where we live, work, play, heal, and commute to foster emotional bonds, reciprocity, and a sense of closeness to nature.


The goal is to create environments that not only impact our immediate surroundings but also our connection to the broader ecological context.

Is building a deeper connection to your work important to you, but you don’t know where to start?

You’re not alone, we promise! 

So many others, just like you, are searching for deeper meaning in their design careers. We understand that you want to make a difference in a bigger, more impactful way and we’re here to help you do just that!

Do these statements ring true?

  1. There has to be a better, more impactful way to approach design
  2. My design work doesn’t feel as meaningful as it used to.
  3. I want to incorporate biophilic design into my projects but I struggle to articulate the benefits to potential clients.
  4. There is a gap in my knowledge of biophilic design, and it’s so hard to figure it out alone.
  5. I see these growing trends around sustainability and well-being, and I want to get a leg up on competition professionally.

What if you could…

  1. See the endless possibilities in your design career?
  2. Find meaning in your work that aligns with your unique gifts and talents?
  3. Feel confident in your ability to articulate the impact of biophilic design to your clients?
  4. Be a part of a supportive community of like-minded designers?
  5. Become a thought leader / advocate for biophilic design, designing spaces where human well-being and planetary health are at the forefront?

Join the biophilic design movement today!

The Biophilic Design Practitioner Certification Program: Biophilic Fundamentals
Deepen your personal connection to nature.

During this 11-week hybrid course and a combination of workshops, immersive exercises and live group sessions with Nicole, you’ll uncover how to align your unique gifts and talents to your deeply-held values!

The Biophilic Design Institute is on a mission to support authentic designers who are eager to prioritize constructing and creating environments that elevate the interconnection between humans and the natural world. Our tools, resources and community will help you integrate biophilia into physical spaces, as well as into our organizations, and daily life. Join us in our mission to…

  • deepen the understanding of the human connection to nature.
  • improve human and environmental health and well-being.
  • reflect on our human impact on the non-human world.
  • value the profound interdependence we share with the world we live in.

Together, we can reimagine environments that support the whole human!

About Nicole Craanen

Hi there! I’m Nicole Craanen, Founder & President of the Biophilic Design Institute. As design professionals, I believe we have the power to create spaces that are beautiful and nurture well-being, while caring for our planet. With a Master’s in Human Ecology and a background in interior design, I focus on utilizing biophilic design strategies that support the goals of buildings, organizations, and lives. My mission is to inspire others to shape a world where both people and nature can thrive.