Building Biology UK

Gale & Snowden Architects presented their Building Biology initiative at the AECB conference on 12th July 2013. The following is the text that introduced the workshop at the AECB conference, followed by a copy of the presentation. If you would like to find out more about this initiative or are interested in Building Biology or healthy building please contact us on

An introduction to Building Biology and Ecology – Healthy by Design
Presented by David Gale, Director Gale & Snowden Architects
“The workshop I am proposing to lead at the AECB conference 2013 will be primarily an introduction to the key concepts and principles of Building Biology & Ecology, as I understand them.
I originally trained as a Biologist, attending an Applied Biological Science degree, but for some reason ended up becoming an Architect. I set up Gale & Snowden Architects over 20 years ago because basically I didn’t like the way architecture was being practiced – creating environments that people didn’t necessarily want, highly polluting, resource depleting and particularly unhealthy on many levels. I also believed in my naivety that we could combat climate change………… above all I wanted to investigate and design systems that combined biology and architecture to produce healthy environments, where humans are intentionally designed as participants in nature – actively co-evolving the whole system – people becoming  part of a designed self perpetuating ecosystem – some people call this approach Regenerative Design.
The workshop I am proposing will be a combination of a summary of a building biology practitioner’s course and what we have been up to at Gale & Snowden over the last 20 odd years.”

David’s presentation is available to download here.