Year of Publication


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Ned Crankshaw


Exposure to natural environments has been shown to have significant positive impacts on both mood and attention, as well as the potential to decrease stress and other negative emotions. Hospitals and other healthcare settings have been on the forefront of implementing spaces designed with the intent of improving mental health. However, this is not the only setting in which restorative landscapes are needed. Implementing restorative landscapes on college campuses would be an innovative way for colleges to address their students’ mental health needs. The objective of this thesis is to understand what aspects of a natural landscape promote cognitive restoration, develop a set of design guidelines for creating a maximally restorative landscape, and apply these guidelines to the Woodland Glen courtyard on the University of Kentucky campus.

Author Bio

Felix Lowery is a major in landscape architecture

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