Free, AIA Approved, Continuing Education Course

Thanks again for the great presentation; you got all of us talking about biophilia.
                                                                              — Paul Lewandowski, AIA

Sky Factory, an AIA CES Registered Provider, offers Biophilic Illusions, a visually rich introductory course that explores illusions of nature products in light of the Biophilia Hypothesis and Biophilic Design. Biophilic Illusions earns AIA members 1 LU towards their annual continuing education requirements.

The Biophilic Illusions course is offered free-of-charge and can be taken one of three ways: 1) Webinar (instructor-led distance education), 2) AIA lunch-and-learn at your firm (instructor-led distance education; min. group size: 5 participants), and 3) online (no instructor, computer-based). Scroll below for details.

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The Biophilic Illusions Course

Learn how integrating biophilic illusions into architecture can infuse the healing, comforting and refreshing properties of nature into the built environment.

In this course we explore our inherent connection and attraction to nature, identified as Biophilia, and the ways that our lives are dependently and beneficially intertwined with nature. We look at the trend towards Biophilic Design – integrating nature into architecture to enliven biophilia's restorative properties. Illusion, illusions of nature, and sky illusions are examined in relationship to architectural design, and Biophilic Design, in particular. Finally, we delve into the purpose, creation, and applications of sky-image ceilings.

Biophilic Illusions AIA/CES Program Summary

Thank you for an awesome presentation. — Bradley James

Thoroughly enjoyable and flawless. — Chris Cordry, AIA

Great slides — beautiful images that clearly reflected what the course was about! It was a deeper look into 'sustainability' than I have heard before. — Melody Stinson, AIA

Scheduling Biophilic Illusions for Groups

Biophilic Illusions is offered to architecture and interior design firms as a distance education course during which the presentation is guided remotely by our staff (webinar course #TSF004). It is also offered as an AIA lunch-and-learn webinar (instructor-led distance education; min. group size - 5 participants - course #TSF005). For more information, or to schedule a presentation for your firm, please contact Dawn Murphy by email at, or by phone at 866-759-3228 x204.

Take Biophilic Illusions Online

Biophilic Illusions may be taken online by architects, interior designers, and anyone interested in the topic (computer-based course #TSF006). For AIA members to receive credit for the online course they must take a brief exam after watching the presentation. Click here to take Biophilic Illusions online.

Click here to take the exam if you've taken the course and would like to receive AIA Continuing Education credit.

ASID Members – IDCEC Registry

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) automatically accepts continuing education courses by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). To gain credit for taking the online, computer-based course (no instructor, #TSF006), please self-report.

You can submit the following information to your IDCEC Registry:

Select report "Non-IDCEC Course or Activity Attendance"
Fill in course information
Select "ASID pre-approved CEUs"
Enter ASID approval code 31400
Once submitted, upload your certificate of completion

For more details, visit ASID Approved Continuing Education page and follow the instructions for courses approved by industry relevant organizations.

Visit to learn more about our biophilic illusions of nature products. Sky Factory is a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education System

Contact our Sky Designers at 1 (866) 759-3228