Healthy Environments to Support Mental Wellbeing in University Communities

Fall 2015 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Spring Braccia-Beck(Architecture) This research addresses the current crisis of rising mental health issues among students within universities through the design of the built environment. While we know that architecture impacts our health and wellbeing in many ways, research concerning mental health and the built environment is lagging behind. Students are a population at risk, with several factors contributing to escalating mental illness and suicide rates at universities, such as the transition to new responsibilities and environments. This work looks at the influence that the design of student living environments, spaces that are at the heart of student life, could have in supporting students' mental health and wellbeing.