What do the best Architects and Treysta have in common?

Architects have a sound understanding of the profound impact buildings and infrastructure design can have on our mood, health and ultimately – our lives.

Some go as far as saying: “it’s a good idea when looking at an apartment tower, bungalow, or a bridge to strike up a conversation with it. The Chrysler Building, Trump Tower your own home and the furniture in it – all of them are dying to have a little chat” as read in a New York Times book review of Alain de Bottons “The Architecture of Happiness”.

Good architects will incorporate their understanding of how design can impact well-being into their work, but were you aware that elite financial advisers view their work from the very same standpoint. As opposed to designing buildings or infrastructure of course we design financial strategies but they are founded in helping clients understand what is most important in their lives – like architecture we place high levels of importance on functionality. We promote every opportunity for our clients to spend their money on the things which will make them happy.

The Treysta advisory team recently watched a presentation entitled ‘Architecture for Wellbeing and Health’ by Koen Steemers at Cambridge University.

Steemers introduces the concept of 5-ways to well-being –  Here is the list along with how we at Treysta apply similar virtues in a financial context.

The quantity and quality of social connections
The provision of local “everyday public spaces” creates opportunities for people to connect.Dismantling the taboo of finance especially between couples – creating an environment of open dialogue.
Physical activity reduces symptoms of mental and physical ill-health
Environments which give access to physical activity facilities, convenient access to destinations, mixed use land and walkability.Ensuring our clients create the space in their lives for physical activity by discussing work life balance.
Being mindful is a behaviour that reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression
Facilitating provision of art, plants and landscapes, wildlife. Diverse types of open space and high relative proportion of public to private spaces.Helping our clients digest that they work to facilitate the life they wish to live as opposed to living for work.
Aspirations are shaped in early life and are modified by the environment
Creating environments which have clean, uncluttered areas to learn. Good lighting, safe for play and not dark or monotonous.Providing regular and relevant content to increase our clients’ financial literacy with a strong desire to assist the next generation understand money.
Creating settings for pro-social rather than self-centred behaviour has a positive effect
Environment stressors reduces positive behaviour. People are less altruistic in urban than rural environment. Altruistic behaviour is more prevalent in neighborhoods which incorporate space design relate to diversity, proximity, accessibility.Spending on others as opposed to oneself, creating time and financial security to enable volunteering and offering help.