Gain Access to Continuing Education Credits for Multiple Professional Organizations

“Very well-developed and presented”

- Melissa O., Architect


The Neurobiology of Biophilia & Spatial Cognition:
Explore How the Brain Generates a Sense of Place

This course explores the neurobiology behind Biophilia’s most healing attribute: a visual connection to nature, which also happens to be the feature with the most robust peer-reviewed research backing its therapeutic qualities.

We learn about the connection between the immune system and sensory processing, as well as how environmental features precipitate a neural chemistry that modulates our attraction/aversion to the built environment.

The course unveils the healing potential of indoor sky illusions and how cognitive mechanisms map out our body’s location in relation to our immediate surroundings, as well as to perceived connections to nature. This understanding of how distinct areas of the brain assemble our embodied sense of place provide valuable insights in the design of enclosed interiors for human wellness.

Neurobiology of Biophilia AIA/CES Program Summary

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space:
A Unique Approach to Occupant Wellness

In this course we explore the accumulated research that has revealed the adverse impact of enclosed interiors and deep-plan buildings on human performance.

Gain insights into human perception, and how architectural cues can be staged to trigger many of the same beneficial responses otherwise obtained by genuine biophilic elements.

Discover the roles circadian light and perceived open space play in shaping human cognitive function, as well as how our psycho-physiology changes in interior environments.

Uncover a new design framework that proposes the restorative value of perceived open space in its two essential orientations: perceived zenith and perceived horizon line.

In contrast to how we perceive these spatial reference frames outdoors, in enclosed interiors where such reference frames are often not visible, we can stage architectural cues to alter our perception of interior space.

Restoring these spatial reference frames through a valid multisensory illusion restores a range of wellness benefits otherwise associated with interiors applying biophilic design principles.

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space AIA/CES Program Summary

“Thoroughly enjoyable and flawless.”

—Chris C. AIA

Biophilic Illusions: Foundations

In this course, we explore our inherent connection and attraction to nature, identified as The Biophilia Hypothesis, and the ways that our lives are dependently and beneficially intertwined with nature.

We look at the growing trend towards Biophilic Design, and how it can integrate therapeutic attributes of nature into interiors and thereby enliven Biophilia's restorative properties.

In particular optical illusions, illusions of nature, and illusory skies are examined in relationship to architectural design and Biophilic Design. We also delve into the purpose, creation, and applications of multisensory illusions of nature.

Learn how biophilic illusions can be integrated with architecture to infuse the healing, comforting, and refreshing properties of nature into the built environment.

Biophilic Illusions AIA/CES Program Summary

“Great slides — beautiful images that clearly reflected what the course was about! It was a deeper look into sustainability than I have heard before.”

—Melody S. AIA

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Booking Virtual Presentations

We want to make expanding your knowledge and gaining CE credits easy for you. Sky Factory offers Continuing Education courses as instructor-led, distance education.

These presentations are free-of-charge to architecture and interior design firms, healthcare and commercial organizations, as well as members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

We also offer virtual product presentations to individuals and groups interested in learning more about our evidence based Illusions of Nature.

For more information, or to schedule a virtual presentation for your firm, please contact our team by email at or by phone at +1 (866) - 759 - 3228 Ext. 400

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Continuing Education System (CES) Accreditations

Sky Factory is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES) Registered Provider, and a Corporate Provider Member of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC). Our courses are also approved by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) for USGBC professionals.

Certified Patient Experience Professionals (CPXP) can also earn Patient Experience Continuing Education Credits (PXE) from the Patient Experience Institute (PXi).

Members of the following organizations can earn either General (G), Health, Safety & Wellness (HSW) or Learning Units (LU) for educational material that explores the wellness benefits of Illusions of Nature.

All courses are available for credit with:

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Interior Designers of Canada (IDC)
  • Patient Experience Institute (PXi)

Watch our Courses Online Anytime

Biophilic Illusions and The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space may be taken online by architects, interior designers, facility owners and managers, and others interested in the topic.


AIA Members

In order to receive credit for self-directed online courses, AIA members must take a brief exam after watching the presentation.

Begin The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space course.

If you've taken the course and would like to receive 1.0 HSW credit Access The Restorative Impact exam

Begin the Biophilic Illusions online.

If you've taken the course and would like to receive 1.0 HSW credit Access the Biophilic Illusions exam

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ASID, IDC & IIDA Members – IDCEC Registry

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) accept Continuing Education Units (CEUs) registered with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).


All our courses are registered CEUs with IDCEC. Sky Factory will report your credit directly when taking the course as part of a lunch and learn session.


USGBC® Membership

All Sky Factory courses are accredited by Green Building Certification Incorperated™ (GBCI).

LEED certified members who attend a live presentation of the course should self-report their learning unit directly at

The Neurobiology of Biophilia & Spatial Cognition
GBCI Course No. 0920023962

The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space
GBCI Course No. 0920023309

Biophilic Illusions
GBCI Course No. 0920023308


PXE Credits for CPXP

All our Continuing Education courses are approved by the Patient Experience Institute. Each course earns 1 PXE credit for Certified Patient Experience Professionals.

When you register for any course, please confirm your interest in receiving PXE credit. After the session, the course presenter will contact you with instructions to claim PXE credit.