Jennifer Bliss Acorn was conducting research on the behavioral and biochemical changes in the human body, studying people’s autonomic nervous system (involuntary) reactions during nature immersion, when she began collaborating with a local architect to “bring nature inside”. Her work in the building profession began as a favor to a friend and grew organically into a sustainable business over the course of two decades.

Acorn’s journey, weaving “ivory tower” behavioral science knowledge together with “real world” aesthetic market demand, evolved naturally into her current practice of biophilic design, research and commissioned art. Drawing on her heritage, Eikenøtt Interiorscapes is the newest edition to her research firm Oak Nut Research and her ceramics studio Organic Designs which she started in 1998 while a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz..

Although biophilic interior design has been a core focal point in recent years, Acorn is equally well known for her legacy of work in the academic world of social and behavioral research, guiding thousands of other researchers to successfully initiate their own human studies. In 2020 she was invited to establish a new role in human studies research at California State University, Monterey Bay, an honor she continues to hold to this day.

American Institute of Architects #39262444

American Society of Interior Designers #2039666

American Society of Landscape Architects #1183398

National Association of Landscape Professionals #344014

Green Plants for Green Buildings :: Certified Trainer

International Living Future Institute

Jennifer Acorn, Principal Designer