Framing Urban Biophilic Interiors Through Design Ethics

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Learn how to apply biophilic design solutions and participatory design strategies in your practice.

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU HSW | CC-116583R1 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)
  • 1 AIA LU HSW | ASIDBiophInt (AIA Members: Please contact to have your completion reported or add your AIA Member number to your ASID account profile.)


How do you inclusively design interior nature-influenced spatial experiences considering equity, diversity, and culture, while promoting play, education, and growth? You will learn about systemic inequality issues related to nature access and investigate what biophilia means for the nature deprived.  Design Ethics will be introduced as a toolkit to establish a baseline for framing and terminology and explained through a series of Case Studies.  We will discuss participatory design processes or co-design to allow for more inclusive and creative spatial conditions while simultaneously considering the health, safety, welfare, and delight of the community. 

Content developed as part of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars Leadership Development Program, supported by Steelcase, Benjamin Moore, Wilsonart, and Loloi. Learn more about ASID Ones to Watch.

What You Will Learn
  • Explain what connection to nature may mean for those without opportunity, access, means, or inclusive spaces to comfortably enjoy its documented benefit 
  • Explain what Design Ethics are and why it is important as a framework for biophilic interiors  
  • Recognize how biophilic design solutions can address gaps or opportunities related to social determinants of health  
  • Identify aspects of story or narrative to allow for increased empathy and engagement including co-design tools or processes  

Access Period: One year after registration.

Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP

Assistant Professor, Interior Design

University of Nebraska

Kendra Locklear Ordia is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas and Assistant Professor of Interior Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research explores nature-integration in interior environments through theory, narrative, and designed solutions for increased wellbeing, equity, and delight. Her approach to the topic spans student inquiry, focused research, and designed solutions. Her professional work at firms including Perkins & Will, Gensler and CallisonRTKL allowed exposure to projects ranging from large scale healthcare to workplace design. She is involved in Interior Design licensing advocacy in the state and Nebraska. In 2020, she was recognized as one of eight American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Ones to Watch scholars. She serves on the Interior Design Educator Council (IDEC) Foundation board as a Director and also currently serves on the IIDA Equity Council. 


This CEU is registered with the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education credits. This credit will be accepted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

The content included is not deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by IDCEC of any material or construction or any method or manner of handling, using distributing or dealing in any material or product.

Questions related to specific materials, methods and services should be directed to the instructor and provider of the CEU.

This program is registered for 1 CEU | HSW value. The IDCEC class-code is: CC-116583.

Attendees who do not belong to ASID, IIDA or IDC and do not have a unique IDCEC number will be provided with a Certificate of Completion after this CEU.


Framing Urban Biophilic Interiors Part One
Open to view video.
Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 16 minute video to move forward to Part Two.
Framing Urban Biophilic Interiors Part Two
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Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 21 minute video to move forward to Part Three.
Framing Urban Biophilic Interiors Part Three
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Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 15 minute video to move forward to take the quiz.
Framing Urban Biophilic Interiors Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  11/14 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  11/14 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Course Feedback Survey
3 Questions
3 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
Course Completion and Credit Certificate
1.0 IDCEC CEU HSW credit  |  Certificate available
1.0 IDCEC CEU HSW credit  |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW and 1 AIA LU | HSW awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf. AIA Members: Add your AIA Member number to your ASID account profile so we can report your credit, or email to request. You can access your ASID account profile by clicking on your name in the top menu.