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Raven & Wood is a design and research agency with a mission to improve human health by means of integrative spatial design. Founded in 2018, Raven & Wood Agency specialises in spatial health with a special focus on emotional health.
    We approach spatial health through analysis and facilitation of connectedness to ourselves, to others, to the environment, time and energy. Ability to connect requires trust, respect and care, and it depends upon social and environmental reciprocity and the experience of hope. All these are elements of emotional well-being, and can be evoked and enhanced through design of our everyday environments.
Raven & Wood Agency works with leaders and decision-makers to enable them to enhance human health and thrive in private and public organisations and in their respective reference groups. We design workspaces, schools and daycare facilities, healthcare facilities, hospitality and private residencies. We work on creative direction and design research. We conduct spatial health strategies and WELL Building Standard™ consultation.
    Raven & Wood Agency’s headquarters is located in Brussels, Belgium. We work internationally and with a network of highly skilled designers, architects and experts who share our values – respecting and taking care of others and the environment.



Healthcare costs are on the rise as we live longer than ever, and are more overweight and depressed than ever. Today, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. By consequence, individuals, communities and organisations suffer from a loss of energy, motivation, performance and profits.

Reasons for the increasing health issues are far less individual than are often thought of. Both mental health and overweight issues are largely due to contextual factors and could be decreased or prevented by shifts in our environment. Focusing on social sustainability of built environments and designing our environments to support our well-being is preventative healthcare.


Our physical and social environments have a response in our bodies and brains. Human beings prefer certain environmental elements that are perceived safe and beneficial. How our environments nurture or reject us has a profound impact on our health.

Raven & Wood Agency brings together Scandinavian functional design background and Dutch conceptual thinking with a sensuous, ever-so-surreal Belgian undertone. We back up our intuition with research and facts. We dig into dreams and visions to make them come true. For us, health is pleasure and beauty is a function.




WHO WE ARE

Bringing together a multidisciplinary team that shares the same values but have different skillsets, strengths and perspectives enables a holistic take on projects. Raven & Wood Agency works with an international network of pioneering experts from researchers to urban planners, and from holistic healthcare professionals to architects and designers.


Heini Lehtinen
Brussels, Belgium

Raven & Wood Agency embodies the vision and research of its founder and creative director Heini Lehtinen, a WELL AP™ qualified spatial designer (MDes Social Design). With long experience as a design journalist and editor-in-chief, she is also a co-editor of book ’Studio Time: Future Thinking in Art and Design’ (2018) with Jan Boelen and Ils Huygens. 

   


WITH


Anna Ahonen and Katariina Lamberg
Paris, France

Ahonen & Lamberg is a multidisciplinary design studio founded by designers Anna Ahonen and Katariina Lamberg. The studio concentrates on art direction, creative consultancy and graphic design with a design principle to balance classical and alternative design. The clientele of the studio ranges from multinational companies and luxury brands to emerging artists and designers.

ahonenandlamberg.com

Steven Beckers
Brussels, Belgium

A pioneer in circular economy and Cradle to Cradle (c2c), Steven Beckers is the founding partner and CEO of consultancy Lateral Thinking Factory and a co-founder of BIGH, a company developing and operating aquaponic urban farming. He has a long experience in sustainable architecture and planning, and has worked in large architectural projects globally. He also lectures regularly around the world.
lateralthinkingfactory.com
bigh.farm


Sara Bengts
Loviisa, Finland

Sara Bengts is a design researcher with a solid experience in the design field as a graphic designer, art director and design manager. As a design researcher, she backs up the research with social sciences. She has previously run her own design agency focused on the lifestyle industry, and has lived and worked in Helsinki, Milan, and London.
sarabengts.com – soon

José María de la Cuadra Osborne
Brussels, Belgium

José María de la Cuadra Osborne is an qualified architect and the founder of Frame studio. The practice carries out projects across Europe, in Belgium and Spain. For him, architecture is a unique art form in which emotions and functionality come together. His work revolves and explores the infinite relationships between art, architecture, place, space and site. josemariadelacuadra.com

Jan Golembiewski
Sydney, Australia

Jan Golembiewski PhD is an architect, author and the director of Psychological Design. He is one of the world’s leading researchers in architectural design psychology; his research points out that physical environment has been found to be one of the biggest factors of some mental illnesses, and that design is psychoactive and can change the way people’s brains will develop.
psychological.design


Robert Charles Johnson
London, UK

Robert Charles Johnson is a designer and researcher with a focus on spatial and 3D design. He fuses a narrative approach to spaces and designed objects. In his Master thesis (MA Social Design), he focused on a routine to health and exercise within the built environments, and what powers dictate such a routine in today’s landscape.

robertcharlesjohnson.com

Antti Pirhonen
Helsinki, Finland

Antti Pirhonen is an urban planner specialised in place management and branding, and a founder of urban planning consultancy Planest. For him, local service model is crucial in urban planning for the vitality of the community – services such as vehicle sharing, home delivery and health security services. He has wide experience in planning, design and development projects in the construction industry.

planest.fi

Cecilia Portnoj
Helsinki, Finland

Cecilia Portnoj is a holistic nutritionist with a background in sociology. She is the founder of Lagom Health, where she works with private and business clients on conscious eating and in helping individuals hear what their bodies are saying. Individuality and simplicity are the guiding stars for her; health is about consistency, not about pursuing perfection.

lagomhealth.fi

Louis-Emmanuel de Potesta
Brussels, Belgium

Currently working on to establish a holistic health centre, Louis-Emmanuel de Potesta has studied health and its leading factors – interactions of the individual and the environment – for a decade. He brings together phytomedicine and chemistry, traditional herbalism and philosophy. He has previously taught clinical diagnostics in London, UK, and is now working in herbalism in Brussels, Belgium.



Nel Verbeke
Brussels, Belgium

With a background in visual arts with specialisation in design and design research, Nel Verbeke is primarily a concept designer. Balancing between arts and design, her focus lies on emotional potential of shape and space. She shies away from the obvious, and searches and formulates new arrangements of our surroundings.

nelverbeke.com




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