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J. Davis Harte, PhD, WELL AP

Davis Harte is a leader in health and wellbeing design. She is the Director and Faculty of the Design for Human Health master’s program at the Boston Architectural College. She is a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) – a health and well-being credential that denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard.

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I am an educator, advocate, practitioner, and speaker who bridges trauma-inform designed spaces, children’s places, and also birth environments with brain, neuroscientific and environmental psychological knowledge. I hold a PhD in Health from the University of Technology Sydney, where I penned “The Childbirth Supporter Study’: Video-ethnographic examination of the physical birth unit environment”. I am co-founder of both the Global Birth Environment Design Network ( and the Trauma-informed Design Society (

My primary research and theoretical interests are systems theory, human potential, spatial justice, play and curiosity, attention restoration theory, resilience, salutogenic and therapeutic design, symbolic interactionism, and, of course, neuroscience – all seated within research-informed, evidence-based and culturally appropriate design. I am mom to a vibrant tween and also an urban-farm menagerie-wrangler.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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