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Free, AIA and GBCI® 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 and GBCI Registered Provider, offers two courses for credit.

Our newest course, The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space, incorporates the latest scientific research about the impact of daylight and wide open, natural space on the human physiology and cognitive function. The course explores the neurobiology of spatial cognition and depth perception and how multisensory imagery can be staged to generate perceived open space in isolated interiors.

Our other course, Biophilic Illusions, is a visually rich introductory class that explores illusions of nature products in light of the Biophilia Hypothesis and Biophilic Design.

Both courses earn AIA, ASID, and IIDA members, 1 Learning Unit (LU/HWS) towards their annual continuing education requirements.

LEED professionals and USGBC members earn 1 LU/General credit.


The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space

In this course we explore the advserse impact of enclosed interiors and deep-plan buildings on human performance. We analyze the role circadian light and perceived open space play in shaping cognitive function, as well as how our psycho-physiology changes in interior environments.

Gain insights into human perception, and how architectural cues can be staged to trigger many of the same beneficial responses 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.

We 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 normally associated with interiors applying biophilic design principles.

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

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"Thank you for an awesome presentation."
                                        — Bradley James,

"Thoroughly enjoyable and flawless."
                                        — Chris Cordry, AIA


Best in Class - 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

“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


Course Scheduling for Groups

Both courses are offered as a face-to-face, instructor led presentations, free-of-charge to architecture and interior design firms. We will provide lunch to groups of five or more.

In addition, the Biophilic Illusions course can be presented in a Webinar (instructor-led distance education) format, as well as online (no instructor, individual computer-based training).

For more information, or to schedule a presentation for your firm, please contact Dawn Murphy by email at dawnm@skyfactory.com, or by phone at 866-759-3228 x204.


USGBC® Members:

Both of Sky Factory's continuing education courses have been reviewed and accredited by the Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI).

The courses have been added to the U.S. Green Building Council's online platform at Education@USGBC. Members who attend a live tour presentation of the course will need to self-report CE hours directly at USGBC.org

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space
GBCI Course No. 0920015125

Biophilic Illusions
GBCI Course No. 0920012508


ASID and IIDA Members – IDCEC Registry

Both the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will accept continuing education courses by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). To gain credit for taking any of these courses, 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 either "ASID pre-approved CEUs" or "IIDA pre-approved CEUs" as appropriate
ASID members enter pre-approval code 31400
IIDA members enter pre-approval code IIDA-1617
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, or the IIDA CEU Compliance page and follow the instructions under Helpful Hints.


Take Biophilic Illusions Online

Biophilic Illusions may be taken online by architects, interior designers, and anyone interested in the topic. 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.


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

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