Student housing provider Global Student Accommodation (GSA) has launched Global Wellbeing, a pilot project aiming to improve student wellbeing in the Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) sector.
GSA said it believes it is paramount to advance knowledge and understanding of student wellbeing across its global portfolio.
In August 2019, the GSA wellbeing team provided funding for seven students from the UK, Japan, Egypt, Cyprus, and Mauritius, to attend a week-long wellbeing design workshop with the aim to create a concept for ‘The Bedroom of Tomorrow’.
Design Experts were brought in to work with the students
The pilot GSA Global Wellbeing scheme brought four wellbeing design industry experts from around the world (USA, UK, UAE and The Netherlands) together to mentor the seven selected students on the key factors that influence wellbeing in residential buildings.
The seven students were selected through an initial competition which asked them to develop their own interpretation on how wellbeing considerations could improve within their own living environment.
GSA was keen to ensure that the Global Wellbeing project was truly global, inviting opinions and perspectives from various cultures, responding to the globalisation of higher education.
Nicholas Porter, Founder and Chairman of GSA, said: “As a leader in global student living, we have a responsibility to understand and progress student wellbeing practices. Enhancing the wellbeing of our residents through carefully considered and researched design is a fundamental part of this.
“We are committed to ensuring students themselves are active participants in the evolution of our residence design and I am continually amazed and inspired by what this generation is capable of.”
GSA Global Wellbeing creating environments where people feel comfortable
Kirsten James, Senior Designer at Studioilse, explained: “At Studioilse, we have a simple mission – to put human need and desires at the centre of our work. It means creating environments where people feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable.
“The mission this week was nurturing a new generation of students to question why and how their living space can support and improve their daily lives.”
Marc Snyder, Associate Principal at 4240 Architecture, stated: “The discussions this week focused on why it’s critical to understand and implement sustainable design practices that promote wellbeing.
“We are teaching a design perspective that is specifically tuned to explore the importance of wellness in student living and higher education communities in promoting success.”
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