How Choice Architecture Induces Healing from Within

Article published in Medical Construction & Design, September/October 2020.

Traditionally, the focus of design for health care has been on creating environments for better physical functioning. A choice-based architecture re-envisions the idea of care to engage the whole person – to solve not only the physical but also the emotional and social challenges people face in their daily lives. Such a holistic approach to care is more effective by being self-sustaining.

Choice Architecture, a new design framework, offers a unique scientific approach to “design-enabled care” in all settings for individuals with varying needs. It uses choice theory from economics to explain how the designed environment influences people to choose one action over another and thereby affects their health. Designers and owners can use this insight to build environments that heal.


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