Ben Channon

Architect, author, TEDx speaker and mental wellbeing advocate

About Speaker

Ben  is an architect, author, TEDx speaker and mental wellbeing advocate, and is well known in the industry as a thought leader in designing for happiness and wellbeing. He is Head of Wellbeing at Assael Architecture, where he heads up the practice’s research into this area and advises all teams on how to design healthier buildings. 

He developed an interest in design for mental health, wellbeing and happiness after suffering from anxiety problems in his mid-twenties. This led him to research the relationship between buildings and happiness, which formed the basis of his first book: Happy by Design.  Ben  now speaks on this subject to businesses and universities around the world. 

Ben  then went on to qualify as WELL Accredited Professional, broadening his knowledge to encompass design for physical wellbeing. He now works with developers and consultants to improve how buildings support mental and physical health. In January 2020 he was invited to join the  WELL Mind Advisory panel, using his expertise to raise the bar for healthy buildings worldwide. 

 In 2017  Ben  co-founded the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum, which is focused on improving mental health within the industry. He is also an accredited mindfulness practitioner with the Mindfulness Association and is interested in how buildings can help us to be more mindful, and present every day.