To thrive is to be your best. Always.
The Thrive philosophy was created to show how the conscious design of environments can impact human happiness and health for all. Incorporating six key facets of human development, Thrive encapsulates thoughtful consideration of every space—where all are supported, encouraged, and given the tools to succeed and grow.
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Creating a space where like-minded kids can feel comfortable, can build relationships, and work together is an important part of developing community.
Having a project-based classroom where there are multiple avenues to accomplish a task helps prepare students to think more creatively.
The messaging that comes off of a building is telling our users, our clients, our parents, our investors, about the values and the beliefs that we hold, that are intrinsic with our identity, health and wellness, vision, purpose, and spirit.
Gen Z knows where they’re heading in life, and what they’re expecting in their college—health and wellness and life balance and everything that makes a human a human.
Socialization needs to be intentional. We need that expansive space, so students really are intentional about socialization, and are connecting with the people that they need to, in person, and getting the resources that they need in order to thrive.
Having furniture that is movable and adaptable with different patterns and colors is important. The more opportunities that we can provide for people to self-select, the more we can meet different people’s needs.
The Six Key Facets of Human Development:
Social-emotional development is our burgeoning awareness of our own and others’ emotions, feelings, and experiences. Being able to recognize, regulate, and move through emotions in school or the workplace can reduce conflict, and lead to a happier workplace or learning environment. When we are adept at social-emotional literacy, or the “soft skills”, we demonstrate greater capacity for leadership through empathy, communication, and conflict resolution.
Intellectual development refers to our ability to comprehend, reason, and make decisions. Each of us may thrive differently, depending on our specific needs, styles, and learning abilities. Experts suggest that balanced environments that provide both collaborative and individual space will help us expand our critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Our psychological development evolves throughout a lifetime and can be affected by events and circumstances. Trauma, isolation, bullying, and inequity can all influence our ability to learn and grow optimally. When we are in tune with our emotional and mental state, we are better able to navigate the world around us. Experts suggest that we thrive in multi-functional spaces that blend traditional structure with independence and personal workspaces.
Spiritual development refers to our connection with the human spirit. Practices like mindful breathing, journaling, or meditation can lead to a sense of harmony and an awareness beyond ourselves. Design can influence this sense of harmony. Spaces centered around music, art, and meditation are essential to lifelong spiritual growth. Using color, natural lighting, biophilic design, and the arrangement of furniture, rooms can be made to help increase our sense of self-compassion and inner peace, even in schools or the workplace.
Moral development is not just our fundamental understanding of the difference between right and wrong. We all, from students to those in the workforce, confront the daily challenge of wanting to feel included and accepted, and to feel our values are supported and shared. From a design perspective, environments that foster inclusion come from providing space and accessibility for everyone, so that spaces are not only functional, but provide a supportive sense of belonging.
A body that is comfortable and can move as needed without undue strain is vital for our well-being in school or in the workplace. Physical development and variety of action and position is an important consideration for any space design. This includes ergonomically-sound furnishings that will help encourage our physical health, as well as tools that will adequately stimulate, support, and provide comfort to learners, educators, and workers with differing needs and abilities.
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