Toby Israel

Speech Topics:
- Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places
- Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Schools
- From Grandmother's House to Your House: Matching People and Place Through Design Psychology
- Healthy and Smart Educational Facilities
- Planning from Your Treasure Chest of Place
- Using Design Psychology to Creating Healing Environments

Toby Israel, Ph.D., is a visionary founder of the new field of Design Psychology. Defined as “the practice of architecture, planning and interior design in which psychology is the principal design tool,” this new discipline has been recognized nationwide on National Public Radio, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.

Dr. Israel presents workshops and lectures to architects, planners, designers, educational institutions, hospitals and homebuilders nationwide on how and why to design to create an emotionally fulfilling “fit” between people and their place. Those she has led through her “toolbox” of exercises include Michael Graves, Andres Duany, Charles Jencks and Jane Pauley.

Trained as an environmental psychologist, Dr. Israel has more than 25 years of experience in design, psychology, the arts and education. Dr. Israel's international experience and groundbreaking theories about people and place are summarized in her book, Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places. (Wiley/Academy, 2003). Israel's lectures are accredited for IIDA, ASID, AIA, IDC, and IDEC certification. She travels from Princeton, New Jersey.

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