Designing for Social Equality, Inclusion and Wellbeing –
Kay Sargent, Director of Workplace, HOK –
COVID-19 has shed new light on age-old problems – social inequity and a lack of attention to our overall wellbeing. The build environments that we live, work and play in impacts each of us in various ways, and we can help address the issue. To truly design space that is inclusive it’s important to understand how space effects people from those various perspectives. But as advocates for the build environment we can make a difference. We need to begin with understanding that we all experiences things differently, and if we understand those nuisances, we can design environments that avoid the pitfalls while creating welcoming spaces that begin to foster social equity and increase physical and mental health and wellbeing.