Oliver Heath is an industry-recognised expert in biophilic design, sustainable architectural and interior design. Oliver strives to create human-centred spaces that benefit occupant wellbeing, through a heightened connection to nature.
With over 25 years of industry and media experience, as well as a wealth of research, Oliver Heath is widely recognised as a thought leader within biophilic design. An experienced designer and communicator, he is passionate about inspiring others to understand the role that nature has to play in creating sustainable, and regenerative spaces.
Since 1998, Oliver has worked as a designer and presenter on numerous television and radio programmes for the likes of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and Norway’s TV2. These include BBC One’s DIY SOS (where one of his shows was BAFTA nominated), BBC’s Changing Rooms, Channel 4’s House to Home, ITV’s Front of House and BBC Radio 4’s Home Front.
Throughout his media work, Oliver is committed to discussing sustainability in an accessible way, helping people make it part of their lives without compromising their sense of style. Oliver’s extensive media experience means he is also regularly asked to host seminars, events and awards ceremonies including the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, Planted, The Pea Awards and The Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.
Oliver’s design practice, Oliver Heath Design, is industry-leading in the field of sustainable design. Championing a human-centred design approach, the practice uses research-led insights to implement biophilic design across all building types. From urban planning to architecture and interior design, their vision is to support physical and mental health and wellbeing across all aspects of the built environment.
Oliver Heath Design has worked on a range of prestigious design projects, creating biophilic interior design and biophilic buildings and Installations for organisations such as John Lewis, The Accor Hotel Group, The Crick Institute, Booking.com and Bloomberg and Interface. Their research-led approach results in designs that truly support natural systems and human wellbeing – emphasising proven benefits that create spaces that enhance mood and productivity whilst reducing illness and absenteeism.
Oliver Heath Design also offers biophilic design courses for designers, architects, students, professionals and hobbyists with a passion for nature and wellbeing.
Oliver lives and breathes these ideas in his own life, too. His environmental refurbishment of his Brighton home demonstrates principles of healthy happy spaces, low-energy living, re-use and ingenious recycling. The house has been awarded Super Home status by the Sustainable Energy Academy for reducing its carbon emissions by over 75% and won the Best Refurbishment Prize from the BIDA.
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.
Oliver’s commitment to sustainability has led him to become a spokesperson for several national groups, such as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Waste Recycling Action Group (WRAP).
Oliver regularly presents seminars on the subject of sustainable homes and lifestyles at prestigious design events such as FutureBuild, Grand Designs Live, the Ideal Home Show, the National Home Improvement Show and has also hosted a keynote for TedX talk at UCL. Oliver also spends much of his time lecturing architects, interior designers and built environment professionals around the world about Health & Wellbeing and Biophilic Design.
In 2022 Oliver hosted a ‘Healthy Home’ pop-up at Westfield Shopping Centre in West London with a series of stunning biophilic design spaces and advice on how to help boost health and wellbeing at home. Oliver has worked with numerous high-profile brands over the years such as Habitat, Hillary’s Blinds, Schneider Electric, Grundig, Kingfisher, Dulux, Ikea and Homebase.
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Oliver has released four books about home design: Oliver Heath’s Home Book, Front of House, Urban Eco Chic (which sold over 30,000 copies in six languages) and Design a Healthy Home, which was published by DK books in May 2021. This latest book is filled with 100 ways to transform your home spaces to positively impact your physical and mental wellbeing.
Oliver has also been a regular content contributor for publications such as The Observer, Home and Housebuilding, Grand Designs Magazine, Friends of the Earth, Earth Matters and House Beautiful Magazine.
Oliver Heath Design has recently written and produced a series of white paper Design Guides in partnership with global flooring company Interface. The Creating Positive Spaces series helps designers develop their understanding of Biophilic Design and building with health and wellbeing in mind.
Oliver lives in Brighton with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he loves to run, sea swim, paddle board, windsurf, go mountain biking, travel, ski and generally immerse himself in nature.
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Image credit to Richard Hanson.