American Society of Interior Designers

  • Biophilic Design: Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment
    Biophilia is the concept that humans have an innate desire to connect with nature and natural systems. Biophilic design builds on this human-nature connection to give designers a new framework to create spaces where people are healthier, more satisfied, and more productive.


  • Business Strategy Solutions: Attracting Clients
    Every interior design business needs clients in order to be successful . This course focuses on the market for interior design and covers five topics: Cultivating the Best Clients, Building Your Network and Your Brand, The Initial Meeting, The Proposal Presentation, and Compensation


  • Business Strategy Solutions: Managing Projects
    "A successful interior design business is always built on a track record of successful projects. This course explores best practices that highly successful interior designers use to manage projects. Implementing these can help any designer both delight their clients and protect the bottom line.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Design ways to stimulate the creativity of their team.
    • Select effective questions to discover client needs, styles, and preferences.
    • Explain the benefits of a structured work process.
    • Describe strategies for managing time, people, business issues, budgets, technology, and work in process.
    • Identify steps to delight clients when the final project is revealed.
    "


  • Business Strategy Solutions: Setting Your Intentions
    This is the first course in a four-part learning series designed to teach interior designers skills and best practices to develop more successful businesses. The series is especially helpful to the large number of interior designers who either are self-employed sole proprietors or who lead practices with nine or fewer employees. This first course explores principles that support successful interior design practices, gets learners systematically thinking about what they want from their business, and starts them developing their business plan.


  • Business Strategy Solutions: Sustaining a Practice
    "To build a practice that can thrive over the long haul, interior designers must sustain the financial performance of their business, strengthen long-term client relationships, and consider strategies for growth.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Set fees that reflect their worth.
    • Describe three financial management tools: the income/expense statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement.
    • Communicate about finances more effectively with clients.
    • Discuss ways to broaden client relationships.
    • Compare the challenges and opportunities of different growth strategies.
    • Identify the elements of a business plan.
    "


  • Design to Lead: Advocate + Serve


  • Design to Lead: Communication Strategies
    "Communication strategies are critical in leadership development. From interacting with team members to working with clients, a range of communications skills are required to excel in design industry. During this challenging workshop, instructors will guide participants through an interactive session focusing on communicating your personal brand, how to communicate as a team and how to communicate, and learn from, clients. Along with the detailed presentation, all attendees will get to participate a team building exercise as well as an exercise on generative space.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Assess themselves and their goals to best define their personal brand and identity.
    • Understand how to adjust their approach and brands depending on circumstances.
    • Understand how to create a successful team structure when working with clients, including establishing.
    • Identify keys steps to best align your brand with your client’s and understand their needs.
    "


  • Design to Lead: Empower
    "Marty Neumeier discusses his recent book, Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age. This session explores a creative framework for designers, engineers, scientists, and artists that allows people from a wide range of disciplines, industries, and professions to envision new ways to create value together. Neumeier explores the five metaskills that will accelerate your success: feeling, seeing, dreaming, making, and learning. These skills willl keep you two or three steps ahead of the machines, the algorithms, and the outsourcing forces of the “robot curve”. They’ll also bring you greater creativity, higher purpose, and a deeper sense of fulfillment.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the creative framework and process for designers.
    • Gain insight on how to have greater creativity.
    • Gain insight on how to push the boundaries for originality and creating innovation solutions.
    • Understand how to gain more fulfillment from your creative process.
    "


  • Design to Lead: Engage


  • Design to Lead: Engage - Negotiation
    "Just how does one grow a business to tout $45 billion in sales? This session will focus on the how innovation and negotiation can go hand in hand through case studies of product inventions such a Swiffer, Little Tykes and SpinBrush. Attendees will learn how product designers think, not just about form and function, but also cost and customer satisfaction to create a seamless integration with the entire product development process ensures that no opportunity to improve on the original design will be missed. It’s not the intent that matters, it’s the result.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how to approach and communicate with clients when negotiating, including your unique value.
    • Understand how to differentiate your company from competitors and clients to demonstrate your value.
    • Understand different ways to approach clients to gain new business.
    • Understand that negotiation is about partnerships, not business gains.
    "


  • Design to Lead: Inspire
    "Victor Ermoli sets the stage for the Design to Lead Summit, Presented by ASID, followed by Margaret Alrutz, who inspires attendees to take on leadership roles that challenge them to be bigger than their domains and to move beyond design into unfamiliar territory. Additionally, John Peterson and Stephanie Douglass share their personal perspectives on leadership.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Change the conversation about the design approach to creating excellent human experiences.
    • Realize the importance of strategic alliances with key stakeholders to design with them as building end users.
    • Use design tools that will be accessible to the occupants in understanding the space.
    • Connect design to social impact and be able to describe it.
    • Go beyond philanthrophy and make a business case for good design.
    • Consider the role of emotional intelligence in leadership.
    "


  • Design to Lead: Strategic Perspective + Vision


  • Design to Lead: Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving
    "Being strategic seems to be the goal of all companies today, but what does it mean to make strategic decisions and how do you do it? Throughout this session participants will participate in an interactive workshop focused on strategic thinking and problem solving. The session will illustrate the business and philosophic principles that can guide designers to greater professional and personal successes, urging designers to embrace change and responsibility. Attendees will receive guidance and accessible tools for immediate action to help empower them as they move into the next level of leadership.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the lifecycle of organizations.
    • Understand how the present and the future create the ideal context for organization strategy.
    • Be able to look for and interpret organization and industry trends.
    • Understand key factors for successful business management in design.
    "


  • Design to Lead: Strength Based Leadership
    "All leaders do not possess the same style or same perspective. Your leadership style may vary depending on the kind of people you interact and deal with. Your style may also be situational, determined by whether you are playing the role of a chapter leader, a leader at the office or a leader in your everyday life. A perfect leadership style is one which supports you in getting the best out of the people you lead regardless of the environment.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Create your own personal story.
    • Discover your natural strengths to become a leader.
    • Look at what’s right in people rather than what’s wrong.
    • Use strengths as a way to build an effective team.
    • Use mother nature as a guide for resilience.
    • Choose happiness.
    "


  • Design to Lead: Understand + Leverage - Seeking the Just City


  • Design to Lead: Understanding People
    "To succeed in design you must first learn to understand people. Designing with and not for people is an important approach. During this session Stephanie Douglass will discuss how to find what truly matters to clients and where the real value is. Session attendees will learn to ask different questions to easily and effectively move beyond basic assumptions and learn what clients really need through design.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the problem solving process.
    • Gain insight to the importance of empathy.
    • Understand how to accommodate clients’ perceived business needs with design solutions.
    • Understand generational differences in the workplace.
    "


  • GO PRO PRO Bono: Empowering Architecture and Design
    Empowering Architecture and Design: a Keynote Presentation from MASS Design Group (0.1 CEU) By applying architectural thinking to the full project delivery process, as well as focusing on the process of constructing a building as much as—if not more than—the physical building itself, architects and designers have the ability to not only design the built environment, but also to build capacity, create dignity and empower users.


  • GO PRO PRO Bono: How Design Is Reinventing Los Angeles


  • GO PRO PRO Bono: Leadership in Public Interest Design


  • GO PRO PROcess: Designing for the New Affluents


  • GO PRO PROcess: SPRINGBOARD | Using Knowledge to Innovate with Environmental Psychology


  • GO PRO PROduct: The Art of Digital Fabrication and 3-D Printing


  • GO PRO PROfessional Advancement: Mastering Presentation in the Workplace: A Skills Workshop


  • GO PRO PROfessional Advancement: The Art of Client Engagement


  • GO PRO: Generative Space
    Learn how physical and social space can be re-envisioned during the programming process. Learn the concept of generative space Learn how conventional adjacencies and clinical planning diagrams were reshaped to support and reinforce concepts more conducive to generative space. Learn how to use this approach to program places that are more memorable. Develop better understandings of the impact that this approach has on clients' and users' "sense of place". Tama Duffy Day, FASID, FIIDA, Principal and National Interior Design Healthcare Practice Leader at Perkins+Will Tama is Perkins+Will's Healthcare Interior Design Leader formulating research and design initiatives


  • Introduction Health + Wellness Protocols


  • REGREEN: Client Education and Stakeholder Involvement
    "Engaging the homeowner helps the designer ascertain the client’s awareness level of green remodeling, commitment to sustainability, and lifestyle preferences. It also presents a convenient opportunity for education throughout the project. Conversations with stakeholders include not only the homeowner who signed the contract, but also project team members and anyone who occupies or maintains the space such as a live-in nanny, aging parents, and interior/exterior caretakers. This course delves into the language of sustainability and effective approaches to engaging and educating the client. By the end of this course, participants will be able to discuss overarching sustainability principles and strategies with a client; confirm mission, goals and priorities that define the level of health and sustainability of a project; educate the client and stakeholders about products and practices that conserve water and energy, reduce waste, and contribute to healthy indoor environmental quality; and create a homeowner’s manual that highlights green features, safe operating procedures, non-toxic cleaning/maintenance practices, and healthier lifestyle choices. This 200-level course is part of the curriculum for the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Engage the client in discussions to ascertain their awareness level of green remodeling, commitment to sustainability, and lifestyle preferences.
    • Ratify mission statement and priorities defining the level of health and sustainability of a project.
    • Educate the client and stakeholders about products and practices that conserve water and energy, reduce waste, contribute to healthy indoor environmental quality, and lead to a long-lasting, high-performing house.
    • Create an operations and maintenance manual for the homeowner and caretaker(s) that highlight green features, safe operating procedures, non-toxic cleaning/maintenance practices, and healthier lifestyle choices.
    "


  • REGREEN: Health Impacts of Buildings & Interior Materials
    "Adhering to building codes and safety standards is not the only way interior designers protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Designers also research and vet building materials and FF&E that “first, do no harm” because every countertop, cabinet, and upholstered piece they specify can either contribute to or undermine healthy IAQ. This course focuses on the impact of buildings on human health. It examines classes of chemicals such as anti-microbials, plasticizers, solvents, heavy metals, and flame retardants that adversely affect our endocrine, respiratory, and immune systems, yet are ubiquitously found in building materials and FF&E. This course shows you how to assess the health impact of materials using third-party certifications, HPD, and LCA. It also demonstrates how to determine if building materials and FF&E contain chemicals of concern and, if so, how to research and specify safer alternatives. Because of the growing number of clients with chemical sensitivities and issues with electromagnetic fields, this course includes methodologies to vet benign options and steps to mitigate exposure. This 200-level course is part of the curriculum for the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand and utilize third-party certifications, health product declarations (HPD), and life-cycle analyses (LCA) to assess the health impact of building materials, finishes, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
    • Recognize chemicals of concern identified by the Living Building Challenge Red List, EPA, and Perkins+Will Precautionary List and their effects on human health.
    • Determine if building materials, finishes, furniture, fixtures, and equipment intended for a project contain chemicals of concern and, if so, research and specify safer alternatives via trusted resources.
    • Assist clients who have chemical sensitivities and issues with electromagnetic fields by vetting benign options and mitigating exposure.
    "


  • REGREEN: Integrated Project Design and Delivery
    "Integrated project design is shared responsibility and participation from all design+build team members of a building or renovation project. A REGREEN© hallmark, this holistic collaborative approach emphasizes professional teamwork and involves whole-house systems-thinking from beginning to end. This course highlights the integrated design process that helps keep stakeholders focused on a mutually agreed upon mission statement. When sustainability goals establish health as a priority, all design choices can be couched in terms of “first, do no harm.” By the end of this course, participants will be able to establish green remodeling best practices, create a mission statement, goals, and priorities that define the level of sustainability for a project, and communicate a project’s vision to team members according to their communication style and preferences. This 200-level course is part of the curriculum for the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Establish a template of green remodeling best practices that can be customized to any client according to a project’s site, budget, timeframe and sustainability priorities.
    • Create a mission statement that defines the level of health and sustainability of a project.
    • Establish sustainability goals, objectives, and priorities for a project with client and/or contractor/architect.
    • Communicate project vision and best practices, goals, and priorities to every team member, subcontractor and trade according to their communication style and preferences.
    • Engage stakeholders and team members throughout a project to confirm that project is achieving goals and respecting priorities and to take corrective action as needed.
    "


  • REGREEN: Introduction to the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Program
    "Green remodeling is the design and construction of projects that reduce the environmental impacts of renovation and utilize non-toxic materials for healthy, high-performing interiors. This course features REGREEN©, the green residential remodeling program that emphasizes whole-house systems thinking, professional integration, and green design methodologies. The program is based on the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines©, a set of best practices for green residential remodeling. By the end of this course, participants will be able to explain REGREEN principles, access the REGREEN Guidelines in two formats, perform a comprehensive home assessment, identify climate and site characteristics in REGREEN case studies, and implement REGREEN strategies into their next remodeling project. This 100-level course is the prerequisite for the in-person REGREEN Implementation Workshop, which is the capstone course in the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Convey the overarching REGREEN principles.
    • Conduct a multi-attribute search on the REGREEN Strategy Generator and select appropriate best practices strategies from the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines.
    • Perform a comprehensive project evaluation using the REGREEN Home and Interiors Assessment Form.
    • Identify climate and site characteristics in REGREEN case studies that relate to and can be applied into one’s current residential project.
    • Implement appropriate REGREEN remodeling strategies from REGREEN Strategy Generator or REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines into a residential project.
    "


  • REGREEN: Materials Selection and the Specification Process
    "Creating and communicating unambiguous design and materials specifications is a vital step in ensuring that a project achieves established health and environmental goals and objectives. The research and specification process is not only scripting the appropriate installation of tile(for example), but also vetting the underlayment, adhesives, grout, and sealant that “first, do no harm.” This course expands upon the strategies found in the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines© and delves into the details of the designer’s role in creating effective design and materials directives. By the end of this course, participants will be able to assess the health and environmental impact of materials using third-party certifications; select durable, non-toxic building materials, furniture, and finishes that contribute to healthy IAQ; specify lighting, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and equipment that maximize energy and water efficiency and ensure healthy IEQ and thermal comfort; write comprehensive and detailed specifications to unequivocally communicate design intent and materials selection; and customize interactions with every team member, subcontractor, and trade according to their communication style and preferences. This 200-level course is part of the curriculum for the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program.[endshort]

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand and utilize third-party certifications and standards to assess the health and environmental impact of building materials, finishes, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
    • Select non-toxic, durable building materials, furniture, and finishes that contribute to healthy indoor air quality.
    • Specify lighting, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and equipment that maximize energy and water efficiency and ensure healthy indoor environmental quality and thermal comfort.
    • Write comprehensive and detailed specifications to unequivocally communicate design intent and material selection that achieve the health and environmental objectives of a project.
    • Customize interactions with every team member, subcontractor, and trade according to their communication style and preferences.
    "