Join Our Virtual Classroom
and earn CPD Credit

Join Our Virtual Classroom and earn CPD Credit

Gain Access to Continuing Education Credits for Multiple Professional Organizations

“Very well-developed and presented”

- Melissa O., Architect

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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 RIBA/CPD Program Summary

“Really interesting topic; gives you a lot to think about for future designs.”

A. Whitman

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/CEU Program Summary

“Very interesting. Beautiful images.”

— C. Langley

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Booking Virtual Presentations

We want to make expanding your design knowledge and gaining RIBA or BIID CPD credits easy for you. Sky Factory offers our Continuing Education courses as instructor-led, distance education.

These presentations are free-of-charge to architecture and interior design firms, professional bodies such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and other healthcare and commercial design organisations.

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

For more information, or to schedule a virtual presentation for your group, please contact our team by email at or by phone at (07) 366 366 966

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Continued Professional Development (CPD) Approved Content

Sky Factory is a Royal Institute of British Architects Continuing Professional Development (RIBA CPD) Providers Network, as well as the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

Our courses are also approved with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Our most recent course, The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space, is part of RIBA CPD’s Core Curriculum, and it is also approved with the Patient Experience Institute (PXi).

Members of the following organizations can earn either General (G), Health, Safety & Wellness (HSW) Learning Units (LU) or double CPD credits (RIBA U.K.) for educational material that explores the wellness benefits of illusions of nature. A complete list of accrediting organizations follows.

Both courses 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)

For USA and Canada educational credit guidelines, please visit:


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.


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For RIBA members please view our most recent course (The Restorative Impact…) on the RIBA CPD Providers Network site.

Sky Factory offers lunchtime learning CPD presentations throughout the United Kingdom. Please contact us to book a presentation on the next available tour.

Due to the SARS-CoV2 pandemic, all presentations are presented online via MS Teams or Zoom platforms.

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British Institute of Interior Design

BIID members can watch The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space course in three 15-minute installments on the BIID site. Access the first installment here.

Biophilic Illusions

Our introductory course on the Biophilia Hypothesis has not been submitted for credit approval to RIBA or BIID (an updated version may be available in 2021).

However, the current version discusses fundamental ideas that are necessary to fully benefit from our most recent course, The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space.

Click here to take Biophilic Illusions online.

Click here to take the Biophilic Illusions exam.

Contact our UK Team

Rob Arthur
Key Account Manager, Europe

European Mobile: +44 (0)7366 366 966

Contact our
UK Team

Rob Arthur
Key Account Manager,


European Mobile: +44 (0)7366 366 966