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Firstly, I would like to thank my lecturer Mr. Leong Kooi Hoong for providing us with all the necessary knowledge and information in preparation of this dissertation. I would also like to express my gratitude to Ms Marsitee for her guidance, inspiration and for overseeing the entire process of my dissertation. Additionally, I extend my appreciation to all other lecturers and tutors for taking their time to evaluate and help in the development of my writing. Thank you to all the 50 survey participants for sparing time out of your schedules to provide invaluable opinions and suggestions. I would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Mario They Thiam Huat, Mr Edwin Lim, and Ms. Lok for the extremely informative interview sessions. I would like to thank my friends and peers for their support and also for providing healthy competition that gave me the motivation to improve. Finally, thank you to my family especially my parents for their understanding, patience and encouragement. _______________________  INTRODUCTION  _________________________Feng Shui to Heal studies the issues of contemporary healthcare architecture which although has been improving over the years, still lacks certain emotional connection to the users. In recent years, many studies have been carried out to gather evidence that healthcare architecture contributes to patient’s healing, recovery and well-being. To achieve optimum “healing” design, architects must embrace the tacit knowledge of intuition from their experience throughout their learning process. Intuition is personal and subjective, but it is essential for the architect to design to accommodate the end user’s right to a stimulating and healthy environment.In the book Healing Architecture: Through Rehumanization by Paris Bunkers,  “Life-Enhancing” architecture has to address all the senses simultaneously and to promote self awareness because the process of healing is a personal journey. Through repetition of archaic designs, hospitals are under-performing their primary function, which is to heal the sick and injured. Rather than designing a space of healing, they have consistently retain anonymous institutional-like designs that eventually causes feelings of fear, anxiety and stress.This paper also studies on Feng Shui elements in interior design that can potentially speed up the healing process. “Feng Shui” is literally translated as wind and water in Mandarin. To be more precise, it emphasizes on how we can use natural phenomena, ecology, orientation and spatial arrangement to our benefits and using the environment as a protector against bad energy or enhancer of good energy (Too, 1996). The philosophy of Feng Shui started over 3000 years ago (Field, 1998) up until today, millions of people from all over the world practices it. Even famous architects like I.M. Pei and Sir Norman Forster have been known to use Feng Shui knowledge in their design.Since one of the main concerns of Feng Shui is its subjectivity, as most of the time it is based on the personal interpretation of Feng Shui “masters” and the different views or understanding of the theories that vary from one person to another. Most of the literature on Feng Shui even contains myths and symbolic representations. Thus, to put a limitation to the scope of this thesis, Feng Shui theories will be reviewed in terms of practicality and logic. Based on in-depth research, it is discovered that Feng Shui shares similar theories and objective as the philosophies of Phenomenology and Biophilia. Among them, these theories share the idea of using nature to improve the quality of a space and that certain materials and spatial configurations can have a positive impact on the users. All these theories highlight the importance of the unconscious human experience._______________________AIMS & OBJECTIVES_______________________Feng Shui To Heal aims to explore the application of Feng Shui in healthcare architecture. It has been speculated that Feng Shui helps with mental and spiritual well-being, and to apply it in a setting where people visit for physical healing can potentially change the future of medical architecture.  Since current studies in show that mental, spiritual, psychological, intellectual and social conditions of patients potentially improve the healing process (Dilani 2008 & Cucurnia 2008), the primary purpose of conducting this study is to observe how practical Feng Shui can be used in hospitals and to explore how Feng Shui principles can be incorporated into 21st century medical architecture design solutions.