AIA Course #: HAW 591 - HSW
Project Planning & Design/Building Design
IDCEC Course #: CEU-106448 -  HSW
Subject Code: 3. Interior Design Education/ 1. Instruction

To request this CEU delivered in-person or virtually, please contact your A&D Representative.


Course Description:

Employers who are desperate to innovate often create open workplaces to initiate collaboration and feel justified by the cost savings earned from limiting the real estate dedicated to individual workspace. While open workplaces can support communication among team members, more recent research indicates that the costs to individual employee performance can outweigh the benefits of collaborative group work.

This 1-hour course will provide an understanding of how we focus—and what sabotages that focus—and will help you develop strategies for protecting focus work for different tasks and people.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define focus work in terms of individual thought processes
  • List what cognitive events sabotage focus work and in what order
  • Describe current research on the impact to focus work
  • Identify workplace and design strategies that protect and replenish focus work.