Out is the New In: Designing Workspaces that Foster Natural Connection

AIA Course #: HAW611
IDCEC Course #: 109496
Subject Code: 3. Interior Design Education / 1. Instruction
Designation: HSW


Course Description: 

The human body was made for connection - connection to mother nature and all of the healthinfusing, mood-boosting benefits she has to offer. But let’s face it, people spend most of their waking hours indoors; at the office, in the car commuting to and from the office, at home catching up on email from the overflow that wasn’t accomplished at the office.

And since ‘the office’ is becoming the place we spend our days (and sometimes even our nights), it is becoming incredibly important to design workspaces that promote happiness, health, and productivity, through the purposeful infusion of biophilic design.

This CEU educates participants on why people need a strong connection to nature at work, the benefits of making these connections through purposeful design, and the tools architects and designers can use to bring the indoors out and the outdoors in in both practical and inspirational ways in the future.

Course Objectives:
• Understand the strong connection the human body has to nature and the implications that too much time spent working indoors has on human health and wellness.
• Discuss the strategies and benefits of bringing outdoor elements in to create more healthy, inspiring, productive interior work environments for today’s workforce.
• Examine the equally important need to bring the indoors outside, looking at solutions for exterior workspaces that are both natural and inspiring along with practical and productive.
• Explore what the future might hold in terms of spaces and products that could outfit the biophilic-inspired office for tomorrow’s generation of knowledge workers.