Designing the built environment for enhanced sustainability & wellbeing


HPDS is an interdisciplinary team at Stanford University with expertise in architecture, structural and materials engineering, human-computer interaction, psychology, environmental behavior, and security, privacy and law. We are collaborating to generate new knowledge regarding aspects of the built environment that promote both environmental sustainability and occupant wellbeing. With our insights, we hope to develop a building information platform and digital and physical adaptations that can easily be employed in building design and management.

project 1

Online Studies

Pilot experiments administered through online surveys derived statistically significant links between built features, sense of belonging and self-efficacy. Ongoing studies are exploring environmental behavior, privacy concerns, and transitions between working at home and in the office.

project 2

Lab Studies

Double-blind, controlled and randomized studies are measuring the potential effect of systematically varied built environment features on human well-being. These studies are conducted on the Stanford campus with participants from across the university.

project 3

Field Studies

Current studies are taking a deeper dive into how smart spaces can enhance occupant capabilities, with the goal of expanding to broader populations, developing our data collection and learning platform and deploying adaptive interventions in realistic settings for longitudinal periods.

project 4

Design Studies

A series of projects aimed at understanding the effects of biophilic design on human well-being, through an exploration of physical and digital design interventions.

project 5


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project 5

Immersive VR Studies

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Use of Crowdsourced Online Surveys to Study the Impact of Architectural and Design Choices on Wellbeing [Paper]

Altaf, B., Bianchi, E., Douglas, I. P., Douglas, K., Byers, B., Paredes, P. E., Ardoin, N. M., Markus, H. R., Murnane, E. L., Bencharit, L. Z., Landay, J. A., & Billington, S. L.

Frontiers in Sustainable Cities

Physical workplaces and human well-being: A mixed-methods study to quantify the effects of materials, windows, and representation on biobehavioral outcomes. [Paper]

Douglas, I. P., Murnane, E. L., Bencharit, L. Z., Altaf, B., Costa, J. M. dos R., Yang, J., Ackerson, M., Srivastava, C., Cooper, M., Douglas, K., King, J., Paredes, P. E., Camp, N. P., Mauriello, M. L., Ardoin, N. M., Markus, H. R., Landay, J. A., & Billington, S. L.

Building and Environment

Human wellbeing responses to real and simulated workplaces: A comparison of in-person, online, and virtual environments [Paper]

Bianchi, E., Altaf, B., Tavakoli, A., Douglas, I. P., Landay, J. A., & Billington, S. L.

Proceedings of the 9th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation

A Workshop-Based Method for Navigating Value Tensions in Collectively Speculated Worlds [Paper]

Haghighi, N., Jörke, M., Cuadra, A., & Landay, J. A.

Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference

“They Make Us Old Before We’re Old”: Designing Ethical Health Technology with and for Older Adults [Paper]

So, J., Estrada, S., Jörke, M., Bianchi, E., Wang, M., Haghighi, N., Fessele, K., Landay, J. A., & Cuadra, A.

Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

Sarah Billington

James Landay

Elizabeth Murnane

Martin Fischer

Jen King

Kyle S. Douglas

Nicole Ardoin

Jackie Yang

Isabella Douglas

Matthew Mauriello

Basma Altaf

Catherine Gorle

Lucy Bencharit

Adina Sterling

Soowon Kim

Deborah Balfanz

Gerry Hamilton

Eva Bianchi

Matt Jörke

Nava Haghighi

Arash Tavakoli

Andrea Cuadra

Parker Ruth

Laura Bloomfield

Rebecca Jia

Jianna So

Romauld Thomas

Ruby Tian

Weixuan Lu

Hazel Markus

Johannes Eichstaedt

Yujie Tao

Madeleine Connelly

Sofia Kim

Yusef Ferhani

Naomi Gregorio

Nahum Maru

Pablo Paredes

John Barton

Jean Costa

Tzu-Sheng Kuo

Dunia Karzai

Sheri D. Sheppard

Fahmida A. Bangert

Rahul Goel

Brandon Byers

Dhara Yu

Bryce Johnson

Michael Cooper

Sarah Lyons-Padilla

Margaret Ackerson

Andrew Ying

Alex Weitzman

Lupe Gomez

Anthony Villalobos

Alana Connor

Vincent Nacandro

Charlotte Lamm

Akram Sbaih

Luoyi Yang

Nik Sawe

Nick Camp

Andreas Katsanevas

Charu Srivastava

Usman Khaliq