At a basic level, architecture is like a shoe: a useful tool designed to protect the human body from harm caused by the natural elements. Yet over time, we can become over-reliant on its comfort, losing our dexterity and our ability to withstand even the slightest discomforts. So what is meant to help us may, in fact, hinder us by making things too easy, removing all physical challenges and other stressors that are essential for optimal health. It doesn’t have to be that way, says Lauren Friedrich, a 2016 grad. What if instead of disconnecting the human body from the man-made landscape, architectural design used creativity and reorientation to create spaces that challenged our physical skills and encouraged, rather than minimized, a range of movements that supported better health?