Skill Building Session III
Title: Reimagine the WorkPLACE to Inspire Wellbeing
Speaker: Dan Kalkman, M.Arch, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador
Description: There is abundant research that describes the evidence that the environments and places we experience each day, whether constructed or natural, influence our physical health and our feelings of wellbeing. In this session, you’ll explore a variety of research, frameworks, tools and examples to augment the workPLACE and support your employees with outcomes such as reduced stress, improved cognitive function, enhanced productivity, increased social connection and even enriched happiness. There are opportunities for every organization, no matter the size or industry, to incorporate healthy design elements and you’ll leave this session inspired with the knowledge and ideas to create your own healthy and energized workPLACE.
- Learn how the built environment can affect health
- Understand the influence of nature in designing spaces for wellbeing
- Differentiate the tools and frameworks that can be used to evaluate your work environments
- Review diverse industry examples of workspaces designed for wellbeing and gather actionable strategies to take back to your organization
Dan Kalkman is a firm believer, and a living example, of the phrase: “in life, there are no straight lines.” He started his professional path, with the intention to become a physician after attaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baker University and working with pain management, sports medicine and orthopedic providers for a few years. But he couldn’t ignore his draw (pun intended) to the creative world of architecture and design. This passion for the creative led him to return to school to achieve a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. His intrigue for biology, both human-focused and natural systems, are now a mainstay in his design philosophy. He focuses his approach for building and space design with the ultimate goal of positively impacting an experience of wellbeing for the people that use them. Dan feels strongly that our built environment can, and should, help us be healthier, happier and more productive. Dan is a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) through the International WELL Building Institute and is trained as a Fitwel Ambassador, a healthy building certification developed by the Center for Active Design with their research and evaluation partner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.