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Seminar "Nature by Design: Towards a Sustainable Architectural Practice"


Chichu Art Museum by Tadao Ando, Naoshima (Japan) © PhD Carmen García Sánchez

This one-day seminar will illuminate our understanding of architectural biophilic design and inspire an interdisciplinary debate on nature-inclusive architectural design.

This unique seminar examines architectural and design approaches where interior space acts as an outstanding experience of the phenomenon of Nature. It combines contemporary design practice with scientific perspectives. In line with the implementation of UN's 17 SDG's, the purpose of the course is two fold: to illuminate and enrich the understanding of architectural biophilic design and to stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue/debate and interest in Nature-inclusive architectural design.

Besides the strong will to improve collaboration between the actors the main goal is not only to disseminate knowledge but to influence architects and designers to phase in nature-connected design and enhance the health and wellbeing of communities through interaction with Nature (Nature Based Solutions).

The program of the seminar is addressed to architects, designers, and BA and MA students who share an interest in the theme of the course as a starting point for critical reflection. The proposed seminar will help attendees to consciously and critically engage with an emergent and relevant theme. It is a timely moment not only due to the relevancy of the topic, its urgent need and its appealing character, but because 2023 Copenhagen will have a leading role in the international architecture and building forum.

Practical Information:

The course will be held at The Royal Danish Academy Architecture Design Conservation, in Holmen on June 8th. It will start at 10.00 and will end by 19.30 at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The course fee is 350DKK. Coffee and a group dinner will be provided as the seminar programme describes. Participants must cover their own transport and entrance ticket to Louisiana Museum. The course is structured as a dynamic set of activities. It includes a shared learning group workshop - tailored to the interests of the participants - discussions, a lecture and an architectural visit that also includes an immersion in nature.


Please send an abstract , explaining motivation, background, and expectations, to the course convener, no later than 31 May: 

E-mail address:, Subject: Nature by Design

Participants' approval is based on an individual assessment of how the seminar is relevant to the candidates´ expectations and background.

Payment 350DKK after participants approval.  

Focused on the 17 UN´s Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs)

It has received funding from the European

Union’s H2020 research and innovation

programme under the MSCA grant

agreement 896651. The present action

reflects only the author’s view and it does

not engage in any way the views of the

European Commission


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