Natasha Reid

Date: 22nd September 2023

Ep 6

Natasha Reid on why the design of buildings and spaces matters for our health and wellbeing

Natasha Reid is founder of MATTER . SPACE . SOUL, a specialist design consultancy shaping places for health, wellbeing and social sustainability. She focuses on the social, psychological and emotional impacts of places and often speaks at conferences on forward-thinking approaches to pressing urban issues.

She a “Healthy Places and Inclusive Design” expert, an associate of the Quality of Life Foundation, a sounding board member for Future of London’s Health and Housing impact network and formerly a fellow of think tank the Centre for Conscious Design. She is an advocate for the power of design to create change that matters, recognised in international publications such as Wallpaper* and Elle Decoration, as a “Groundbreaker” and “Women to Watch”.

In our conversation we unpick why the design of the built environment – buildings and public spaces – matters to people’s health and wellbeing and how it contributes to the wider social determinants of health and keeping people well. She explains biophilic and human centred design and why artists are important in designing public spaces and engaging communities in the process

Natasha looks after her own wellbeing through painting and being in nature.

Place Quality Model
Michael Chang’s book: Public Health Spatial Planning in Practice
Quality of Life Foundation

Natasha’s LinkedIn