UW Hans Rosling Center for Population Health
Client: University of Washington
Partners: Miller Hull, KPFF, Lease Crutcher Lewis
Awards: DBIA National Project of the Year, Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, AIA Seattle Award of Merit
The University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative aims to improve the lives of billions of people around the world by addressing the overlapping factors that influence population health - human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. To support and foster the work of the initiative, the approach to the site design aims to provide a campus experience that will refresh and inspire the mind with opportunities for discovery and reflection. This vision is rooted in Attention Restoration Theory, which posits that time spent in a natural environment is more restorative for activities requiring significant cognitive functioning than time in an urban environment. Layered, lush plantings with seasonal interest provide immersive experiences alongside a garden walk winding through the site. Three new courtyards create a modern forum for scholars from the initiative and neighboring programs to come together. Custom furnishings at a variety of scales are embedded into the garden walk and courtyards, providing for a range of social engagement from tête-à-têtes to outdoor classrooms and large events.