Gain Access to Continuing Education Credits for Multiple Professional Organizations

“Very well-developed and presented”

- Melissa O., Architect


The Neurobiology of Biophilia & Spatial Cognition:
Explore How the Brain Generates a Sense of Place

This course explores the neurobiology behind Biophilia’s most healing attribute: a visual connection to nature, which also happens to be the feature with the most robust peer-reviewed research backing its therapeutic qualities.

We learn about the connection between the immune system and sensory processing, as well as how environmental features precipitate a neural chemistry that modulates our attraction/aversion to the built environment.

The course unveils the healing potential of indoor sky illusions and how cognitive mechanisms map out our body’s location in relation to our immediate surroundings, as well as to perceived connections to nature. This understanding of how distinct areas of the brain assemble our embodied sense of place provide valuable insights in the design of enclosed interiors for human wellness.

Neurobiology of Biophilia AIA/CES Program Summary

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space:
A Unique Approach to Occupant Wellness

In this course we explore the accumulated research that has revealed the adverse impact of enclosed interiors and deep-plan buildings on human performance.

Gain insights into human perception, and how architectural cues can be staged to trigger many of the same beneficial responses otherwise obtained by genuine biophilic elements.

Discover the roles circadian light and perceived open space play in shaping human cognitive function, as well as how our psycho-physiology changes in interior environments.

Uncover a new design framework that proposes the restorative value of perceived open space in its two essential orientations: perceived zenith and perceived horizon line.

In contrast to how we perceive these spatial reference frames outdoors, in enclosed interiors where such reference frames are often not visible, we can stage architectural cues to alter our perception of interior space.

Restoring these spatial reference frames through a valid multisensory illusion restores a range of wellness benefits otherwise associated with interiors applying biophilic design principles.

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space AIA/CES Program Summary

“Thoroughly enjoyable and flawless.”

—Chris C. AIA

Biophilic Illusions: Foundations

In this course, we explore our inherent connection and attraction to nature, identified as The Biophilia Hypothesis, and the ways that our lives are dependently and beneficially intertwined with nature.

We look at the growing trend towards Biophilic Design, and how it can integrate therapeutic attributes of nature into interiors and thereby enliven Biophilia's restorative properties.

In particular optical illusions, illusions of nature, and illusory skies are examined in relationship to architectural design and Biophilic Design. We also delve into the purpose, creation, and applications of multisensory illusions of nature.

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

Biophilic Illusions AIA/CES Program Summary

“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 S. AIA

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Booking Virtual Presentations

We want to make expanding your knowledge and gaining CE credits easy for you. Sky Factory offers both of our Continuing Education courses as instructor-led, distance education.

These presentations are free-of-charge to architecture and interior design firms, professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), as well as healthcare and commercial organizations.

We also offer virtual product presentations to individuals and groups interested in learning more about our Illusions of Nature.

For more information, or to schedule a virtual presentation for your group, please contact our team by email at or by phone at +1 (866) - 759 - 3228 Ext. 400

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Continuing Education System (CES) Approved Content

Sky Factory is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES) Registered Provider and a Corporate Provider Member of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC). Our courses are also approved by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) for the USGBC.

Our most recent course, The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space, is also approved by the Patient Experience Institute (PXi), providing Patient Experience Continuing Education Credit (PXE) for Certified Patient Experience Professionals (CPXP).

Members of the following organizations can earn either General (G), Health, Safety & Wellness (HSW) and Learning Units (LU) for educational material that explores the wellness benefits of Illusions of Nature.

Both courses available for credit with:

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Interior Designers of Canada (IDC)

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space is also approved by:

  • Patient Experience Institute (PXi)

Watch our Courses Online Anytime

Both the Biophilic Illusions and The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space may be taken online by architects, interior designers, facility owners and managers, and others interested in the topic.


AIA and PXi Members

For AIA members to receive credit for the online course they must take a brief exam after watching the presentation. Exam is optional for PXi members.

Click here to take The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space online.

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

Click here to take Biophilic Illusions online.

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

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ASID, IDC & IIDA Members – IDCEC Registry

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) accept Continuing Education Units (CEUs) registered with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).


Both our courses, Biophilic Illusions, and The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space, are registered CEUs with IDCEC. Sky Factory will report your credit directly when taking the course as part of a lunch and learn session.


USGBC® Membership

Both Sky Factory courses have been added to the U.S. Green Building Council's™ online platform at Education@USGBC and are approved by Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI).

LEED certified members who attend a live presentation of the course should self-report their learning unit directly at

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space
GBCI Course No. 0920023309

Biophilic Illusions
GBCI Course No. 0920023308