Ben Channon founded and chairs the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum in the UK, which is focused on improving mental health in the profession. He is an Associate at Assael Architecture, and is also Mental Wellbeing Ambassador at the practice, which has won a number of awards for its approach to staff care. Ben is an accredited mindfulness practitioner with the Mindfulness Association, and recently qualified as a WELL Accredited Professional.
Ben frequently speaks on wellbeing and architecture to universities, businesses and public bodies and gave a TEDx talk in 2018. Ben also writes for the mainstream and professional media on this subject (including The Times, The Telegraph, The Architects’ Journal and ArchDaily). His first book Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing was published in September 2018, and is an investigation into how our environment affects our mood and our mental health. Ben was selected as a RIBAJ Rising Star 2018 and a RESI Trailblazer 2019, for his work in architecture and mental health.
What can we do to improve the mental health and wellbeing of architecture students and practitioners as they navigate the built environment professions? A conversation between Naomi Stead and Ben Channon.