Interior Motives

Interior design trends support structural integrity, ease of maintenance, occupant well-being, and a wide variety of aesthetic choices for today’s built environment
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Sponsored by Construction Specialties, Guardian Glass, and XtremeInterior Architectural Solutions by TAMLYN

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define biophilic design and detail several interior design strategies that support this concept.
  2. Identify the ways that innovations in interior design products and systems can impact aesthetics and the overall design of a space.
  3. Describe the benefits of extruded aluminum as a popular material for trim in interior design projects.
  4. Discuss trends in interior wall surfacing and wall protection from performance, sustainability, and aesthetic perspectives.
  5. Explain interior glass trends, including innovations in clear, etched, and laminated glass.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

While a building’s exterior provides that all-important first impression, it is really the interior at the heart of the human experience—the space where people live, work, play, relax, learn, and heal. Which products provide variety in colors and textures? How can we balance structural integrity with a desired aesthetic and occupant well-being? What role does nature have in current interior design decisions? This course will answer these questions and more as it delves into the world of interior design to help architects and designers keep up with what’s next on the interior horizon—from biophilic design strategies and updated interior wall systems to metal trim and innovative glass.

Photo courtesy of Guardian Glass

The latest interior design products and systems can have a critical impact on performance, aesthetics and the overall design of a space, leading to a greater sense of satisfaction and well-being for occupants. Shown here—the use of an advanced clear glass product enhances the interior of a contemporary building design.


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Originally published in Architectural Record


Interior Motives
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