About our speakers
Ben Channon 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 a Director at wellbeing design consultancy Ekkist, where he helps clients and design teams to create healthier places, and researches how buildings and urban design can impact how we feel. Ben was a co-founder of the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum, which is focused on improving mental health within the industry.
Ben has researched the relationship between buildings and happiness, resulting in him writing two books: ‘Happy by Design’ and ‘The Happy Design Toolkit’. Ben now speaks on this subject to businesses and universities around the world.
Anne Cosentino, ABS Wellbeing Programme Lead
As an advocate for creating safe, mentally healthy workplaces, Anne has recently joined the ABS team as our Wellbeing Programme Lead. She is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of mental health and enabling everyone to thrive via practical actions and steps to improve working culture in the architectural community.
Anne was previously responsible for supporting the delivery of the RIBA’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy by supporting the organisation and its members, to become a more inclusive and diverse organisation and profession. Anne sits on several EDI related committees, panels, forums and networks, including the Mayor’s Greater London Authority Diversity Sounding Board, Architects’ Council of Europe’s Women in Architecture Taskforce; Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum and Women in Architecture UK.
Anne is a Mental Health First Aider and an advocate for creating a safe, mentally healthy workplaces, enabling everyone to flourish.