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Raven & Wood Agency is a design and research agency specialised in spatial health with special focus the environmental impact on psychological and emotional well-being. Our mission is to improve human well-being by means of integrative spatial design. As a strategic partner, we work 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 work internationally and with a network of highly skilled designers, architects and experts who share our values – respecting and taking care of both humans and the environment. For us, health is pleasure and beauty is a function – and both equal financial profit for our clients.


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___HEALTH is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.
___WELL-BEING is the experience of health, happiness and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, and a sense of meaning and purpose.
___WELLNESS is an active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. It is primarily an individual pursuit but also significantly influenced by the physical, social, and cultural environments in which we live.

A paradigm change for built environments is approaching fast.1 Imagine buildings and cities as sources of physical, psychological and emotional well-being. As a part of social and healthcare policies. As everyday elements that contribute positively to the current epidemic of mental health disorders.2
     Imagine a city that nourishes us by healthy and pleasurable food and social connections.3 Buildings that encourage us to move our bodies without making an issue out of it.4 Urban spaces that bring forest with its calming sounds, scents, flora and fauna, to our everyday lives.
     We know how to design such environments. With our partners, we can also build them.


1 Global well-being real estate industry is estimated to grow 8,0 % annually in 2017–22. In the wake of yoga, mindfulness and sleep, spatial health is estimated to reach the mainstream in 2021–23.
2 In Finland, over 50 % of sick leaves are due to mental health issues. Every 1 € invested in preventing and promotion of the most common mental health issues is estimated to pay back 5 €. In office buildings that are designed and built to support health and well-being of the occupants, sick leaves are reported to be reduced up to 50 %. In Finland, one day of sick leave costs 350–1.000 € for the employer.
3 On the governmental level, strategic attention to wellness equals to new entrepreneurship, increased local food and goods production, competitiveness of the region, equity and diversity, and environmental and cultural sustainability.

4 In the regions where people live for over 100 years, the environment has been shown to be a significant contributor of the health of the occupants.

Built environments contribute to how people feel within themselves and how they encounter and perceive each other. Buildings and cities can contribute to equality, choice, and the experience of being in control of one’s own life. They have the power to transmit respect, trust, care and hope.
      Architecture and urban design are significant contributors in preventing polarisation and conflict in society.1 Largely the same elements apply to spatial health and to architecture as a contributor to peace.2 Building peace through built environments is a strategic decision – architectural diplomacy.
     We bring together architects, urban designers, conflict resolution professionals, politicians and other multidisciplinary professionals to build peace by architecture.3 We aim in finding new routes and creating new networks and bringing this knowledge to where it’s needed.

Finland Could Be a Forerunner in Architecture for Peace
INTERVIEW
28 February 2020
Archinfo Finland

Spaces of Peace – Architecture as Contextual Diplomacy
SEMINAR
21 November 2019 from 13.00–17.30
Palace of the Academies
Brussels, Belgium
Free entrance, more information here.
1 Today, architecture for peace is a small segment within the field of architecture. It is estimated that only some 30–50 architects globally work on questions of peace. What if 100.000 architects would understand their role as peacebuilders – literally? How would that change the design of our everyday environments?
2 The WHO Constitution states: “The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest co-operation of individuals and states.”



As human beings, we are a part of our surroundings and profoundly connected to it. However, our contemporary lifestyle has largely disconnected us from nature, and also increasingly from other people, time and ourselves. In the future, along with growing understanding of quantum energy, we might also begin to understand our connectedness to a larger whole – energy – as well.
     We approach psychological and emotional well-being through connectedness to ourselves, others, environment, time and energy. All the five components of connectedness consist of pragmatic design strategies and tactics, which are then applied to the design of our environments.



Call for Creatives II
WORKSHOP
21 January 2020
Sitra | Helsinki, Finland

Call for Creatives I
PUBLIC DISCUSSION
9 December 2019
Sitra | Helsinki, Finland

Spaces of Peace: Architecture as Contextual Diplomacy
CONFERENCE
21 November 2019 | EU2019
Palace of the Academies | Brussels, Belgium

2x2 Talks: Urban Space and Mental Well-being
PUBLIC DISCUSSION
10 September 2019 | Helsinki Design Week
Architecture Office Kanttia2 | Helsinki, Finland
Breathe in Helsinki
My Helsinki | Helsinki Design Weekly
October 2019

Environments for a Happier Mind
RWII by Raven & Wood: Spatial Health
April 2019

Out of Comfort Zone
RWII by Raven & Wood: Spaces of Peace
March 2019

Rebranding Healthcare: Bridging Fashion and Health
RWII by Raven & Wood: Spatial Health
February 2019 

Don’t Ask What a Building Is, But What It Does
Helsinki Design Weekly | RWII by Raven & Wood
February 2019

Beauty Comes from Respect
RWII by Raven & Wood: Spaces of Peace
February 2019

What Is Spatial Health?
RWII by Raven & Wood: Spatial Health
May 2018

It all began in a tiny seaside village in Uruguay in early 2012. Travelling solo and staying in a tiny hostel shack on the beach in the vicinity of dunes, groaning sea lions and an endless sea evoked a strong innate experience of beauty – a feeling of profound, rooted well-being and connectedness.
     This experience triggered a thought of not just wanting to design beautiful spaces, but the beautiful spaces to have a more profound meaning. Could the experience on the beach village be designed through our everyday environments?
     In the following years, the experience of beauty in psychological survival and recovery, and design for psychological well-being became central themes of my studies. The research culminated on a manuscript of a book on concepts of pleasure and sense of touch as tools for designing for mental well-being.
     Around the same time, the global wellness phenomenon was expanding. It came with growing evidence on the impact of our environments to our psychological and emotional well-being. However, it was still too early for setting up Raven & Wood Agency.
      Towards the end of 2017, the development of the global wellness phenomenon started to show signs for spatial health to reach the mainstream in the near future. Raven & Wood Agency was founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 2018. In the following year, the company moved its HQ to Helsinki, Finland.


–Heini Lehtinen, Founder of Raven & Wood Agency


Founder, creative director
Spatial health specialist, WELL AP


Heini Lehtinen is spatial designer and writer living in Helsinki, Finland, and working internationally. She is also a WELL AP, a construction industry professional accredited to operate with WELL Building StandardTM. She is currently working for Archinfo Finland on the national architectural policy programme.
    Prior to shifting to spatial design, Lehtinen worked in the publishing sector for over a decade as a design journalist, editor-in-chief and co-founder of several online and print publications. She is co-editor of the book ‘Studio Time – Future Thinking in Art and Design’ (Black Dog Press, UK 2018). She holds MDes degree in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and BA degrees in Interior and Lighting Design and in Production and Management of Services (Fashion) in Finland.
     In her free time, she enjoys mountains and the sea, running, hiking, curiosities, things uncanny, antique markets, blueberries, morning sun, excellent gin tonics and old cemeteries.

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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. Depending on the project, the agency works independently, in collaboration with one collaborator, or forms a consortium for bigger projects. Bringing together a multidisciplinary team that shares the same values but have different skillsets, strengths and perspectives enables a holistic take on projects.

What can we do together? How can we help you? Let’s meet up and have a chat.

Raven & Wood Agency
Heini Lehtinen
Founder | Creative Director
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HQ Helsinki, Finland

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