Ben Channon:
We need to design happiness into our spaces

This week on the SpaceCraft podcast, Dan Moscrop interviews Ben Channon, an architect renowned for his insights into architecture, workplace design, and psychology. Delving into his journey, Ben shares his transition from traditional architecture to a focus on well-being within the built environment.

Ben's expertise stems from a personal experience of burnout, prompting a shift towards understanding the psychological impacts of architecture. His consultancy, Ekkist, collaborates with architects and clients to integrate health considerations into building design, reflecting the growing demand for healthy workplaces amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

In their conversation, they explore the evolving dynamics of workplace environments, emphasizing the importance of factors like staff retention and employee well-being, especially among younger generations like Gen Z. Ben's insights extend to the transparency now sought by job seekers regarding company policies and work-life balance during interviews.

As the founder of the Architects' Mental Wellbeing Forum and author of books on architecture and mental well-being, Ben emphasizes the need for work-life balance and healthy routines to combat burnout. His books offer practical strategies to improve mental well-being through architecture, addressing elements like sleep quality, air and light control, and social interaction.

Join Dan Moscrop and Ben Channon as they unravel the intricate connection between architecture, workplace design, and psychology, offering invaluable insights for architects, designers, and anyone interested in creating healthier living and working environments.