Designing for Life, From the Inside Out

These projects demonstrate a range of interior designs to meet modern lifestyles and needs.
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Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss two contemporary trends in interior design choices.
  2. Understand the benefits of biophilic design and its impact on modern lifestyles.
  3. List two strategies used for connecting indoor spaces with the outdoors.
  4. Describe two strategies used to create a modern design amidst an historical context.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
As an IACET Accredited Provider, BNP Media offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This course is part of the The Interiors Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

The projects presented in this course show a wide range of interior spaces, all designed to reflect the modern lifestyles of their owners, as well as the latest design trends such as biophilic design. These designs demonstrate innovative and creative ways of bringing the outdoors inside, addressing perceptions through material selection and integrating old with new.

RS Apartment by Studio Arthur Casas
The stunning blue waters of the South Atlantic Ocean take center stage in the design of this apartment in a mid-1980s building Brazilian building.
Tom Hennigan

West Chelsea Residence by LUCE et Studio Architects
Steel-clad doors, a silk-screened glass panel room divider, and thick planks of California oak, juxtaposed with a diaphanous screen of sheer draperies create a California-style urban retreat in Manhattan.
Linda C. Lentz

Gallery House by John Ronan Architects
This modern home, in an historic setting, features elements that resonate with the neighborhood typology.
Linda C. Lentz

Inside Out
Beautiful craftsmanship, detailing, and materials define the luxury of disarmingly simple interiors.
Cathleen McGuigan

Heard Residence by MacPherson Architects / 2MA
Contemporary design contrast with the historic details of this Ohio home built in 1875.
Leslie Clagett

Meadow Lane Residence by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
For architects who say they, “don’t do houses”, this one is a stunner.
Josephine Minutillo

PATH by ARTechnic architects'
This unique Tokyo home is as much a piece of the landscape as a place to live.
Naomi R. Pollock, FAIA


Photo © Michael Moran

A sliding door displays work by Scottish artist Callum Innes and conceals the guest suite as needed.


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Originally published in June 2020