What to expect in each part of the course

The course is delivered on-demand.

  • PART 1 - PHILOSOPHY OF WELLBEING, COMFORT & PERFORMANCE

    This 5 lesson part includes an exploration of wellbeing, which elements of a human does it engage with, how we achieve it and its links to interior spaces. It also covers definitions of comfort, performance and how to go about actually targeting and measuring it through the design process.

  • PART 2 - PROCESS & METHODOLOGIES TO SUPPORT WELLBEING IMPLEMENTATION

    A 9 lesson part. Design is a process, so to achieve spaces that support wellbeing and productivity we need to follow some relevant processes and adopt a few new tools that help designers on the job. In Part 2 the course covers the tools and processes needed and explains how to adopt them in your day to day projects.

  • PART 3 - AESTHETIC DESIGN ISSUES

    This 11 lesson part of the course looks into all the aesthetic issues, guiding you through each and recommends how to apply them in your own projects. These include colour, texture, spatial volumes, elegance, balance and symmetry, shapes and patterns. You learn to direct the design towards supporting occupant wellbeing.

  • PART 4 - PHYSICAL DESIGN ISSUES

    This 12 lesson part helps designers to know the specific design decisions to look out for when designing for wellbeing. The focus is on issues such as air quality, including thermal comfort, air toxicity issues, air velocity, ventilation, lighting and illumination, planning and interior facilities.

  • PART 5 - VALUE AND MEASUREMENT

    The final 7 lesson section looks at what is 'value'. When designing for wellbeing, the focus of the conversation with clients and occupants changes from 'cost' to 'value'. The holy grail of converting the value on an interior space to a financial number is explained and the methodology shared.

  • EXAM & CERTIFICATE

    At the end of each Part you will find a short non-graded exam just to test yourself. If you wish to receive a Certificate of Completion the Final Exam needs to be passed. This is graded and has a 75% pass rate requirement. Good Luck!

Detailed Course Curriculum

  • 1

    WELCOME

  • 2

    PART 1 - PHILOSOPHY: Prerequisites and Outputs of Wellbeing

    • Lesson Plan & Guidance

    • Mindfulness exercise

    • Lesson 1 - Wellbeing & Comfort

    • Lesson 2 - Beauty & Harmony

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    • Lesson 3 - Performance & Productivity

    • Lesson 4 - Design Characteristics & Issues

    • Part 1 - Quiz

  • 3

    PART 2a - DESIGN IN PRACTICE: Delivering a Design for Wellbeing

    • Lesson 5 - User Profiles (Part 1)

    • Lesson 6 - User Profiles (Part 2)

    • Lesson 7 - Empathy & Environmental Psychologists

    • Lesson 8 - Selecting & Assessing Buildings

    • Lesson 9 - Entrance Design & User Experience

    • Lesson 10 - Senses & Biophilia

    • Part 2a - Quiz

  • 4

    PART 3 - DESIGN IN PRACTICE: Aesthetic Issues Affecting Wellbeing

    • Lesson 11 - Aesthetic Overview & Design Fluidity

    • Lesson 12 - Elegance & Elegant

    • Lesson 13 - Balance & Symmetry

    • Lesson 14 - Colour (Part 1 of 2)

    • Lesson 15 - Colour (Part 2 of 2)

    • Lesson 16 - Repetition & Patterns

    • Lesson 17 - Shape & Proportion

    • Lesson 18 - Volumes & Ceilings

    • Lesson 19 - Symbolism

    • Lesson 20 - Art in Interiors

    • Lesson 21 - Materials & Textures

    • Part 3 - Quiz

  • 5

    PART 4 - DESIGN IN PRACTICE: Physical Issues affecting Wellbeing

    • Lesson 22 - Indoor Atmosphere & Thermal Comfort

    • Lesson 23 - Thermal Comfort Design & System Considerations

    • Lesson 24 - Ventilation & Humidity

    • Lesson 25 - Air Quality

    • Lesson 26 - Illumination & Light

    • Lesson 27 - Daylight

    • Lesson 28 - Artificial Light

    • Lesson 29 - Space Planning (Part 1 of 2)

    • Lesson 30 - Space Planning (Part 2 of 2)

    • Lesson 31 - Acoustics for Wellbeing (Part 1 of 2)

    • Lesson 32 - Acoustics for Wellbeing (Part 2 of 2)

    • Lesson 33 - The importance of Controllability

    • Part 4 - Quiz

  • 6

    PART 2b - DESIGN IN PRACTICE: Delivering a Design for Wellbeing

    • Lesson 34 - Soft Landings Framework

    • Lesson 35 - Landlort Tenant & FM relationship

    • Lesson 36 - Occupancy Surveys

    • Part 2b - Quiz

  • 7

    PART 5 - VALUE IN PRACTICE: Measuring Wellbeing

    • Lesson 37 - Value Introduction

    • Lesson 38 - Defining KPIs and UPAs

    • Lesson 39 - Hierarchy of interior features

    • Lesson 40 - Benchmarking interiors

    • Lesson 41 - Strategy and clarity

    • Lesson 42 - Measuring productivity, Wellbeing & financial proxies

    • Lesson 43 - Bringing it all together

    • Part 5 - Quiz

  • 8

    Exam

    • Design for Wellbeing Assessment

"...The aesthetic and physical design issues are incredibly thorough and explained with ease..."

REBECCA THOMAS, student

Instructor(s)

Design and Sustainability Expert

Elina Grigoriou

Elina is a London-based interior designer, sustainability specialist and wellbeing expert helping clients become the best they can be and get the most from their people and places. A powerhouse of inspiration and innovation, Elina has been leading and shaping the commercial interior design sector for the past two decades – creating spaces that unlock social and environmental value, make a meaningful impact on peoples’ lives and enhance clients’ financial bottom line. Working at the heart of the latest industry developments, Elina regularly partners with national and global institutions to raise awareness of designing for sustainability and wellbeing and to drive best practise within the built environment. She was instrumental in developing and establishing the RICS SKA Rating system and is currently Chair of the SKA Technical Committee and Technical Advisor to the RICS. In recognition of her commitment to promoting sustainability within the property sector, she was awarded Honorary Membership to the RICS in 2017. Elina has contributed to numerous industry guides and in 2019, her book Wellbeing in Interiors was published by RIBA which has had a visible impact in shaping practise and inspiring others. She was voted one of the Top 50 Rising Stars of Sustainability by Building magazine and is regularly invited to offer expert opinion and speak at public events.

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