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 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.

USGBC® Members:

Sky Factory's Biophilic Illusions course has been reviewed and approved by the Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI). The course has 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

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 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.

Coming Soon: The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space

In this course we explore the 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.

We discuss a new approach 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.

This exciting new course will be available beginning in the Winter of 2017.

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