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

Learn how to implement biophilic design solutions and create spaces where people are healthier, more satisfied, and more productive.

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. Learn the science behind biophilic design patterns that you can apply to a wide range of projects, from residential interiors to offices to healthcare facilities. Developed in partnership with Terrapin Bright Green.

What You Will Learn
  • Define biophilic design.
  • Describe how biophilic design affects the mind and body.
  • Identify examples of biophilic design patterns.
  • Describe the considerations of good biophilic design.

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 2 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-104362 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf.)

  • 2 AIA LU | BIODESIGN (AIA Members: Please contact to have your completion reported.)

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
HSW credit  |  Certificate available
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. AIA Members: Upon completion, please notify, including your AIA member number, the course name, and date completed. We will report your completion to AIA on your behalf.