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Hear from ASID and other experts on how the design industry landscape is changing in response to societal trends, and explore new research on the impact of your design solutions.

Explore a variety of career path options to help you determine where to specialize and what type of position to look for as your first step.


What You Will Learn
  • Gain a solid understanding of the current industry landscape
  • Identify potential career paths
  • Understand how global and societal events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, impact the profession
  • How design solutions impact the health and wellbeing of people in spaces


Core Content


Changes in the Psychology of Design: Rethinking Space

Our attitudes toward space, both virtual and physical, changed through the COVID-19 pandemic – how will they continue to transform? Designers have an opportunity to enter the conversation and demonstrate the profession’s value through the development of healthy, innovative spaces. Leading experts Sally Augustin, Ph.D., Lida Lewis, ASID, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador, and Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP, analyze challenges designers may tackle in future spaces and investigate the profession’s role in implementing change.


Design for Sensory Wellbeing

People with developmental disabilities process sensory stimuli in unique ways. For those with autism spectrum disorders, especially, atypical sensory processing can greatly impact their everyday lives. Become informed about current evidence regarding sensory processing and design implications to enhance sensory well-being. You will explore a recent case study of a sensory wellbeing hub for students with developmental disabilities installed at a public high school, and gain a deep understanding of the design and research methods used to create this multi-sensory environment which you can apply to serve this population group. This course presents an overview and findings from a study conducted by HKS, Inc., funded by an ASID Foundation Transform Grant.


Design Your Path

When you graduate, interior design may be your degree but you can chart a path for yourself in any direction you choose. Hear from Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Assoc. AIA as she shares her experiences navigating her own career, starting in hospitality design, leading to healthcare design, and finally to her current position as Global Director of Design at Ford Motor Company. Throughout her career, Jennifer has built her expertise and skills no matter the environment in order to create her own opportunities. You will also learn how she approaches design projects using the “think, make, test” model to discover, design, and deliver results centered on the human experience.


Health + Wellness Protocols (HWP) 2: Interiors, Foundational Concepts

Gain the baseline information necessary to understand the growing health and wellness approach to design practice. Learn about the major body systems that affect physical health, mental health, and wellness, as well as design opportunities that can promote health of these systems, focused on selecting materials, products, and components that support healthier interiors. You will also explore an integrative design approach to take when working with clients and other professionals to optimize the health performance of interiors and buildings.


Returning to Your Workplace: What to Consider

Learn how designers can safely and successfully reenter the workplace after a health crisis (using COVID-19 as an example) and how employers can best support their staff through the transition. A panel representing various areas of the interior design community provides insight on the best strategies to create a smart rebound from home to work. The program references guidelines from health and workplace thought leaders and discusses key considerations to implement into practice.


The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience

What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, interior design industry, design professionals, and their businesses? ASID has conducted a series of “pulse surveys” every two weeks since March 31, 2020 to capture snapshots of how interior design companies and practitioners have been responding to this unprecedented time and practicing resilience. Explore the results of the industry-wide survey to understand the impacts on projects and business performance and identify the challenges professionals are facing. You will also hear from designers, manufacturers, and media partners who are adapting to advance the profession and build resiliency. 


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Changes in the Psychology of Design: Rethinking Space
Changes in the Psychology of Design Part One
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Changes in the Psychology of Design Part Two
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Changes in the Psychology of Design Part Three
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Changes in the Psychology of Design Part Four
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Open to view video. View Part Four of the webinar recording.
Changes in the Psychology of Design Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Design for Sensory Wellbeing
Part 1: Introduction, Objectives and Overview
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Open to view video. This 10 minute video includes the course introduction, including an overview of autism spectrum disorders and other sensory processing issues of concern.
Part Two: Design Considerations for Sensory Wellbeing
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Open to view video. This 5 minute video reviews considerations for sight, touch, sound, and natural elements.
Part Three: Case Study: Sensory Wellbeing Hub
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Open to view video. This 22 minute video goes into detail on the design of the Sensory Wellbeing Hub installed at a public high school.
Part Four: Findings and Conclusion
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Open to view video. This 14 minute video covers research methods and findings and applications for interior design practitioners.
Design for Sensory Wellbeing Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  12/15 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  12/15 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Design Your Path
Design Your Path Introduction
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Design Your Path Part One
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Open to view video. View Part One of Jennifer's presentation.
Design Your Path Part Two
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Open to view video. View Part Two of Jennifer's presentation.
Design Your Path Part Three
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Open to view video. View Part Three of Jennifer's presentation.
Health + Wellness Protocols 2: Interiors, Foundational Concepts
Health + Wellness Protocols 2: Interiors, Foundational Concepts Course
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Begin self-paced component package. Note you may need to disable your pop-up blocker to open the course. Once you launch the course you will be prompted through the content in order. Although you can skip ahead, you must view all sections and pass a quiz at the end with a score of at least 80% to register as complete. Note: Resources referenced during the course will be available for you to download at any time by clicking on the "Resources" tab, even after you've completed the course.
Returning to Your Workplace: What to Consider
Returning to Your Workplace Part One
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Open to view video. View Part One of the webinar recording.
Returning to Your Workplace Part Two
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Returning to Your Workplace Part Three
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Open to view video. View Part Three of the webinar recording.
Returning to Your Workplace Part Four
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Open to view video. View Part Four of the webinar recording.
Returning to Your Workplace Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  14/17 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  14/17 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
NEW! The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience
The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience Part One
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Open to view video. View Part One of the webinar recording.
The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience Part Two
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Open to view video. View Part Two of the webinar recording.
The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience Part Three
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Open to view video. View Part Three of the webinar recording.
The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience Final Quiz
11 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  13/17 points to pass
11 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  13/17 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.