Awareness of how the built environment impacts human health is at an all-time high. As humanity continues to face several formidable challenges directly related to health, this awareness gives us hope. Environments can be a tool with which to make people healthier, a fact that forward-thinking healthcare providers, science organizations, and mission-driven companies are recognizing.

In the coming years, wellness practices will grow to become the touchstones of successful cultures. Investment in resilient design solutions will spike as organizations look to shore up operations against external shocks and accommodate new technologies to future-proof their operations. As digital and physical worlds blend, it will be crucial for design to emphasize our common humanity and shared purpose.

The context for these trends is one unignorable demographic shift: the aging of the population that will soon place unprecedented demands on all sectors to support a healthy and intergenerational future.