The Building Wellness Lab (BWL) is a design practice at the intersection of art, architecture and public health. Emerging research shows that design can affect our well-being by strengthening our connection to nature, to our communities, and to our own physical and psychological needs. The BWL translates these lessons beyond the walls of medical institutions to the design of every day spaces. Our tools are technological innovation, material research and evidence-based design practices; our aim is a more sustaining and sustainable built environment.
Uniting time-tested principles with emerging practices
Designing for the senses (considering the visual, tactile, auditory, thermal, and aesthetic needs of users)
Strengthening the ties between the built and natural environment
Doing more with less
The Power of Place
Focusing on value added to the built environment
Designing for community impact
Noah Ives holds Master’s Degrees in Architecture from Cornell University and in Population Health Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before founding the Building Wellness Lab, Noah worked at diverse firms including Coop Himmelb(l)au, the Shenzen Institue for Building Research (SzIBR), and SERA architects.He is former architecture faculty at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has lectured across the country and abroad.
MARCH 13, 2019
Noah Ives presents at American University of Beirut: "The Building Wellness Lab: Lessons from the Forest"
MARCH 4, 2019
Building Wellness Lab selected for Bellingham, WA public art commission
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Building Wellness Lab named a finalist for Bellingham, WA public art commission
OCTOBER 27, 2018
Noah Ives presents at University of Oregon Conference on Migration, Refugees and Patterns
SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Seedling Sukkah named Hello Mazel's "Sukkah of the Year"
SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
Seedling Sukkah installed in Capitol Park, Downtown Detroit
SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
Noah Ives presents on designer panel at Detroit Downtown Synogogue
AUGUST 2, 2018
Building Wellness Lab wins international competition to build a temporary structure for Detroit "Month of Design"
PlyPAD installed in Kenton Women's Village
MAY 13, 2017
PlyPAD displayed at Portland Art Museum in conjunction with John Yeon "Quest for Beauty" Exhibit
PlyPAD construction begins
PlyPAD wins Portland design competition; selected for construction and display at Portland Art Musuem