EDRA Conference 2020

Wellness Design Assessment Criteria: Content Analysis of Workplace Design Guidelines

Abstract

Recent studies have addressed that design elements can enhance users’ health and well-being in their workplaces. In creating a mindful workplace, designers commonly refer to evidence-based guidelines, evaluation tools, and rating systems to supports each user’s physical, emotional, and social wellness. Although many rating systems are useful to experts, the systems are challenging to laypersons to use because of text-based content with jargon and complexity. Moreover, many such systems don’t tend to support non-expert users’ awareness of designing a workplace because all design elements are equally weighted even though some design elements are more essential than others. For this limitation, we focus on a design rating system for workplaces. This study is designed with three parts: The purpose of the first study is to develop inclusive wellness design criteria for office environments; the second study is to understand current office user’s perception of wellness regarding design features; the third study is to build a new framework to create a real-time based user-friendly mobile application for evaluating office users’ wellness about design experiences. This study is the first part of a total of three parts. To filter the criteria related to workplace design settings and users’ perceptions of wellness experiences this study reviewed existing design evaluation guidelines and design-rating systems that related to users’ workplace wellness experiences including WEEL V1, Active design guidelines, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worksite health scorecard through qualitative content analysis. The results identified 20 design features which are classified with technical, functional, and aesthetic categories. The top three wellness design features are accessibility, indoor activity, and health-related information. Our findings could be valuable designers, project managers, and clients as well as non-expert users to support their decision-making in the design process of the new workplace environments.


Cho, Y., Lim, H., Park, H. J. (2020, April 4-7). Wellness Design Assessment Criteria: Content Analysis of Workplace Design Guidelines [Poster Session]. EDRA 51, Tempe, AZ, United States.

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