Caitlin is a doctoral candidate in Architecture at UC Berkeley, specializing in Social and Cultural Processes in Architecture and Urban Design. Her dissertation investigates the social, historical, and built environment contexts of bodily education in American institutions of higher education, an endeavor that integrates her interests in health, education, and architecture. At HealthyWorkplaces Caitlin and Max Pittman are currently conducting a study to identify design correlates to promote positive psychological states in employees. They have devised an activity in which participants, in small groups, come up with ways that concepts such as equity, connection and flexibility can be incorporated into office spaces. They do this in multiple phases, involving an informative lecture, brainstorming sessions and debriefing presentations.
The objective is to explore new ways of designing workspace from the perspective of psychological impact. Based on the Healthy Workplaces Model, we have identified a set of seven psychological…