As both an Environmental Psychologist and Interior Designer with years of experience as a researcher and professor at University of Florida, Dr. Campbell, CEO of Building Design Research Solutions, studies and develops improved community and building design strategies to enhance inhabitant health and well-being. These benefit people of all ages but impact older adults most.
This is especially relevant because older adults' needs are rarely considered in mainstream housing. Occasionally Universal or accessible design strategies may be employed to support basic safety and physical health. While these are important, does being safe from physical harm enough to promote life satisfaction.
While aging may bring physical changes, we must also address our emotional needs in order to maintain health, well-being, and life satisfaction throughout the lifespan. This has important implications for the building and design industry because research consistently shows that building and community design can positively or negatively impact social interaction. Consequently, Dr. Campbell's
research identifies optimal building and community design strategies to support social interaction and other emotional needs in addition to physical needs.
And it is not just the individual seniors who benefit from having their social needs met. Also, with Dr. Campbell's guidance, both mainstream and senior housing communities can develop lively social scenes which offer advantages for housing organizations as well as individuals. This is because a lively community social scene drives resident satisfaction. In turn, this drives word-of-mouth recommendations, the main means of attracting new residents to a community. This has critical financial implications for organizations.
Campbell’s current research involves a collaboration with Plum Creek, a neighborhood development company. The goal of this research is to understand how to design New Urbanist neighborhood social centers (areas that host cafés, pubs, recreation centers, etc.) to work well for residents regardless of age, thus enabling older adults to age in place in their communities longer. This new community type currently under development is called Ageless New Urbanism.
To set an appointment to discuss what your organization would like to accomplish or book Dr. Campbell as a guest speaker, email the Building Design Research Solutions staff at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.