BIFMA Learning Webinar: Biophilia’s Impact in the Built Environment

This event is part of the BIFMA Monthly Learning Series. There is no cost to attend.

October 26, 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM ET

Teams Meeting


Part of the BIFMA Learning Monthly Series, this is a live virtual learning opportunity for our members, designers, buyers, educators, and anyone interested in furniture for the built environment. There is no fee to attend.

Event Details

Biophilia is described as a human tendency to commune with nature. The implications for built space are captured within the concept of biophilic design. But what are these implications, and do they stem from science, culture, trends, or a combination of these and other considerations? Tune into BIFMA’s Monthly Learning Series in October as thought leaders and practitioners share their perspective on this timely topic.

Who Should Attend

  • A&D Professionals
  • Sales/Marketing Professionals
  • Facility Managers, Owners & CEOs
  • Instructors and Students
  • Manufacturers of Commercial Furniture and Accessories
  • Suppliers to the Commercial Furniture Industry


Marco Gastoldi; Interior Designer; Gensler

As an Associate Interior Designer at Gensler London office, Marco believes in creating unique spaces to enrich the lives of the people who use them. In each project, Marco aims to deliver inspirational concept designs by harmonizing clients’ aspirational goals with thoughtful storytelling. Throughout his career spanning across Europe and Asia, Marco worked across various sectors and industries, developing a diverse portfolio. With a forward thinking and optimistic attitude, he has been involved and led projects across the world, ranging from cultural to workplaces to mixed-use developments. He developed relationships based on confidence and trust, working with clients such as Droom en Daad, LEGO, L’Oréal, and Audi. Marco recognizes nature as a celebration of our love of life and a fundamental element of the relationship between humans and their environment.

Harleen McLean; Founder; Harleen McLean Interiors

Harleen McLean, CEO and world-renowned designer, skillfully merges profound insights into human behavior with an unwavering dedication to design excellence. She stands as a luminary in her field, forging a powerful fusion of experience and expertise.

Guided by the principles of Biophilic Design, we at Harleen McLean Design are more than a studio; are a well-being movement. Our signature ethos fosters mindful living and the crafting of distinctive biophilic spaces that conceive, design, and breathe life into environments.

Her recent projects have left an indelible mark on the landscapes of the United States, Kenya, Qatar, and the United Kingdom, touching lives and transforming environments.


Joseph White; Director of Design Strategy; MillerKnoll

Joseph White is the Director of Design Strategy at MillerKnoll. He brings over 20 years of design experience to the company’s ongoing research into human-focused place design and executing strategies around those findings. White earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee, where his studies opened explorations into nonverbal communication, color theory, and the interactions between people and their environments. From this academic core, he built a professional vita around one fundamental belief—that everything is connected.

Prior to MillerKnoll, White served as Director of Workplace Futures and Insight at Herman Miller, Director of Strategy at Rapt Studio, and in a variety of design roles for the noted firms HOK and FXFOWLE (now FXCollaborative). He has been a member of the IIDA, earned NICDQ certification, IDEX California certification, and LEED accreditation.