Claire Latané Delivers Next Hyde Lecture

Claire Latané Delivers Next Hyde Lecture

By Kerry McCulloug...

October 3, 2019

Claire Latané

The College of Architecture is excited to announce Claire Latané, writer, ecological designer, livable community advocate and assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture, will be giving the next Hyde lecture titled "Nature and Nurture: designing schools to support students' mental health and well-being” at 4 p.m., October 7th, at Richards Hall, room 15.

For this lecture, Latané will share an overview of landscape architecture and neuroscience research and present some common issues, obstacles and opportunities to redesign urban schools to support students’ mental health and well-being.

Latané explains that today more than ever, urban schoolchildren and teenagers struggle to navigate their lives and futures. In 2013, one in five children in the United States lived in poverty. In large US cities, the number was closer to one in three.

Anxiety now affects two-thirds of young adults, a rate that doubled in five years. It has surpassed depression as the number one reason college students seek counseling. And, suicide is the leading cause of death for children and young people aged ten-to-eighteen. A Pew Research Foundation study found that though just 0.003% of students have experienced a school shooting, fifty-seven percent of American teenagers worry about them.

“Our students are in crisis, and their school environments more often hurt rather than help their mental health,” said Latané.

Her presentation, focusing on designing with love, demonstrates how healthy school environments can invite and build a broad community around children and adolescents; improve academic outcomes; reduce students’ anxiety and aggression; and make them feel safer, more hopeful and whole.

“This presentation is a call to action and a practical resource to envision and implement school environments that nurture the future stewards of our public realm and our planet,” said Latané.

This presentation is part of the College of Architecture’s 2019-2020 Hyde Lecture Series featuring speakers from across disciplines that are united under the common theme of “OUR WORK / YOUR WORK - Designing and Planning For Political Engagement”.

The college’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.