Thu, Feb 17, 2022 - 11:00am ET

This session is free. Included with registration is a book discount; see below.

Author Claire Latané will join us to discuss her 2021 book, Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind.  From the publisher:

What would a school look like if it was designed with mental health in mind? Too many Schools That Healpublic schools look and feel like prisons, but we know that nurturing environments are better for learning. Research consistently shows that access to nature, big classroom windows, and open campuses reduce stress, anxiety, disorderly conduct, and crime, and improve academic performance. But too few school designers and decision-makers apply this research to create healthy schools. In her book, Schools That Heal, Claire details the myriad opportunities—from furniture to classroom improvements to whole campus renovations—to make supportive learning environments for our children and teenagers.

Q&A will follow the presentation. The session will end at 12:30pm ET. Registration is through online Sustainability Education Provider GBRI.

To purchase the book:

Schools That Heal is available through Island Press in book and e-book form. For more information: Webinar registrants will receive a 30% discount code in their confirmation email.


Irene Nigaglioni, IN2 Architecture & CHPS Board of Directors


Claire Latané, author

Recorded Webinar

Speaker Bio

Claire Latané is a professor of landscape architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. She has practiced landscape architecture since 2006. Claire draws from her backgrounds in communication and regenerative design to design and advocate for healthy and inclusive community and school environments.




Continuing education:

The session is 1.5 hours long and has been submitted for AIA credit approval.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the reasons why designing for mental health is important.
  2. Understand some of the research on why the school environment makes a difference.
  3. Identify strategies to use in designing for mental health.
  4. Learn about the triple benefits the strategies have for mental, physical, and public health.


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