Biophilic Design: Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment

Biophilia is the concept that humans have an innate desire to connect with nature and natural systems. Biophilic design builds on this human-nature connection to give designers a new framework to create spaces where people are healthier, more satisfied, and more productive. It goes beyond simple ideas like putting plants in a space or using natural materials to deeper forms and characteristics that evoke nature in a space. Biophilic design is based on research that identifies specific design patterns that have measurable, positive impacts on human health. ASID has adapted this course for interior designers from the report, 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, by Terrapin Bright Green, a sustainability consulting and strategic planning firm. The course reviews the science behind biophilic design and introduces 14 biophilic design patterns. These patterns are tools for understanding design opportunities, which interior designers can apply to a wide range of projects, from residential interiors to offices to healthcare facilities. 
Developed in partnership with Terrapin Bright Green.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define biophilic design.
  2. Describe how biophilic design affects the mind and body.
  3. Identify examples of the 14 biophilic design patterns.
  4. Describe the considerations of good biophilic design.

IDCEC Course Number: CC-104362; 2 CEU | HSW  Note: ASID will report CEUs earned to IDCEC on your behalf.

AIA Course Number: BIODESIGN; 2 LU

Access period: One year from registration date.


Biophilic Design Welcome Video
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Biophilic Design Course
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Biophilic Design Course Evaluation
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Course Completion and Credit Certificate
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HSW credit  |  Certificate available 2 IDCEC CEU | HSW and 2.0 AIA LU awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member. Note that ASID will not automatically report your completion to AIA. You will have access to a printable certificate for self-reporting.