Helena Van Vliet

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Lecturer Continuing and Professional Studies hvanvlie@pratt.edu 212.647.7199 p Manhattan Campus, Manhattan 2

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20/FA-PMPD-316-01 Biophilic Design: Science & Applications


Vordiplom Architektur RwtH Aachen, Germany | M Arch University of Pennsylvania, USA


Helena van Vliet RA Dipl.-Ing. AIA is an Architect, Biophilic Consultant, Scholar & Speaker on Health and the Built Environment. She is President of Helena van Vliet LLC. Born and raised in Germany, Helena holds a BArch in Architecture from the RwtH in Germany, as well as an MArch from the University of Pennsylvania. Helena is a registered architect in both the U.S. and Germany. Helena considers Architecture a Health Care Profession, and has made the creation of spaces, which foster cognitive legibility, cognitive ease and positive emotional engagement with place her primary area of exploration. She views human attachment to and caring for place as essential for sustainability as well as for physiological well-being. Helena is a Steering Committee Member for the international Biophilic Cities Network. She is President of BioPhilly, which seeks to promote the important link between human health and wild habitat biodiversity in urban Philadelphia. As adjunct faculty, Helena teaches Biophilic Design at both Pratt Institute and Jefferson University, where she developed the interdisciplinary course ‘Environments for Well-Being’, as well as serving as Senior Thesis Advisor for Architecture, Interior Architecture and Sustainable Design. She is a member of the NIH ‘Health in Buildings Roundtable.’ Helena is a frequent speaker at AIA conferences, a regular guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and at corporate events, where she lectures on biophilic design, biophilic urbanism, and on the direct connection between architecture, health and biodiversity.