Date of Submission

Spring 5-3-2019

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Pegah Zamani Ph.D


This thesis questions how architects can redesign typical healthcare typology in response to the medical and sociological needs of the community while integrating the measures of wellness and biophilic design. By redefining architectural programs within a wellness clinic, this can allow the facility to prioritize the communities needs through non-medical determinants. The research will look at both the social and medical needs of a community, along with the Seven Standards of Wellness as defined by the Well Building Standard and The Fourteen Patterns of Biophilic Design as defined by the Terrapin Bright Green, to develop a connection between the facility and the community. The Mott Haven and Melrose in South Bronx will be the focus site for this project. This site was chosen due to the lack of medical clinics that serve these neighborhoods and a singular overcrowded public hospital that serves 2.3 million patients yearly. The purpose of this research is to create an architectural framework for wellness, self-inclusion and early detection/protection. This thesis defines a new archetype: ‘the in-between’ that attempts to create a more holistic narrative by exploring patterns of biophilic design by redesigning the public spaces within the healthcare facility of the Bronx.