Approaching Biophilia in Designing Children´s Educational Environment


  • Engy Habib Doctorate Student and Teaching Assistant, Department of Architectural Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt.
  • Yasser Mansour Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt.
  • Laila Khodier Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt


Biophilia, Biophilic design, nature, children, educational space, nature connectedness, wellbeing


In recent decades, several studies started to focus on enhancing connectivity with nature and nurture children´s biophilia to improve their mental health and wellbeing especially in their early formative years. However, in design practice, architects involved in designing children educational environment need to have better understanding on how to enhance this tendency for biophilia. this paper begins to explore this growing body of research and emerging biophilic design dimensions, and attributes in architectural terms, which could help in drawing connections between fields of study, highlight potential avenues for future research, evolve understanding of biophilic design patterns, and capture the cognitive benefits afforded by biophilia in designing educational spaces for childhood. A research methodology consisting of a literature review, analysis of worldwide case studies and a one-to-one interview was conducted with a sample of children (3-7 years old) attending a nature-based nursery in Egypt, was designed to accomplish intended objectives. Findings of this study indicated that early childhood have a positive attraction for all-natural environment and features. Results showed that children enjoy being in, which provides a glimpse into the potentials of integrating nature within architectural context, including offering beauty, freedom, efficient learning, relaxation, and a critical life support system.


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Habib, E., Mansour, Y., & Khodier, L. (2022). Approaching Biophilia in Designing Children´s Educational Environment . International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research (IJSBAR), 65(1), 110–122. Retrieved from