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Oliver Heath

Oliver is an industry recognised expert and thought leader in biophilic design, sustainable architecture and interior design, striving to create human-centred spaces that are proven to benefit the health and well-being of building occupants.

With a background in architecture, Oliver has spent 20 years working for the likes of BBC, ITV and C4 promoting sustainability and well-being. He has acted as spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, The Energy Saving Trust and the Waste Recycling Action Group.

 

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Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in Biophilic Design, Sustainable Architecture and Interior Design; he strives to create human-centred spaces that are proven to benefit the health and well-being of building occupants.

With over 25 years of industry and media experience as well as a wealth of research into the topic, Oliver Heath has firmly secured his spot as a thought leader within the industry.

Oliver is working on a range of prestigious projects for organisations such as The Crick Institute, Booking.com, Bloomberg and Interface from his design practice Oliver Heath Design based in Brighton. The practice combines interior architects and psychology and sustainability researchers – combining an evidence base of research with cutting edge design thinking. As a result, he spends much of his time lecturing Architects, Interior Designers and built environment professionals around the world about Health and Well-being and Biophilic Design.

Oliver studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University and then completed a Postgraduate in architectural studies (with distinction) at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He went on to work in exhibition and set design before winning the BBC’s Young Designer of the Year in 1998.

Since 1998, Oliver has worked as a designer/presenter in numerous television projects including BBC’s Home Front and BBC Changing Rooms, Channel 4’s House to Home, ITV’s Front of House and on BBC DIY SOS. Throughout his media work he makes a positive commitment to discussing sustainability; demonstrating how people can make it part of their lifestyles in ways that won’t compromise their sense of style. His extensive media experience means that he is regularly asked to host seminars, events and awards ceremonies including the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, The People, Environment, Achievement (PEA) Awards & The Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

This commitment and passion for sustainability has led him to act as a spokesperson for a variety of national groups such as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) the Energy Saving Trust (The EST) and the Waste Recycling Action Group (WRAP).

Oliver lives and breathes these ideas in his own life – he has completed a full environmental refurbishment of his own home in Brighton, with which he has promoted the concepts of ‘practical and style-led sustainability’ to a wider audience, demonstrating principles of healthy happy spaces, low energy living, re-use and ingenious recycling. The house has since been awarded Super Home status by the Sustainable Energy Academy for reducing its carbon emissions by over 75% and won Best Refurbishment Prize from the BIDA. The house has also been awarded the British Institute of Interior Design Retrofit Award.

Over the years Oliver has been a regular content contributor for publications such as The Observer, Grand Designs Magazine, Friends of the Earth, Earth Matters and House Beautiful Magazine. He has also released three books about home design & style – Oliver Heath’s Home Book, Front of Houseand Urban Eco Chic which sold over 30,000 copies in six languages.

Oliver Heath Design is currently focused on writing and producing a series of white paper Design Guides in partnership with global flooring company Interface. The Creating Positive Spaces series help designers develop their understanding of Biophilic Design and building with health and well-being in mind. He’s regularly invited all over the world to present in this field.

Oliver is an accomplished keynote speaker and event host and feedback includes:

”Great conference speech by Oliver Heath” Mickael Cornou, Marketing Manager, France at Interface.

So inspiring listening to Oliver Heath.” Catherine Ross, Planet PR.

“Oliver Heath was the best keynote speech of the day at Wellness 17” Kate Taylor FRICS, APC Coach & Valuation Training Consultant.

“We had the pleasure of having Oliver Heath presenting a seminar during our internal Sustainability Exhibition. The issues of sustainability and biophilic design were beautifully outlined by Oliver with all our questions being answered in a professional and friendly way.” Fosters and Partners

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