Back to Nature

How wood interiors welcome workers and give new generations a space to call home
Sponsored by Think Wood
By Erika Fredrickson
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 ICC CEU; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; 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

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how workplaces using wood interiors embody biophilic design, which can lead to increased productivity.
  2. Explain how younger generations seek well-being through wood interiors in multifamily housing.
  3. Describe how architects are using wood to give occupants in mixed-use commercial buildings a sense of community.
  4. List five trends for wood interiors that are used in both commercial and multifamily housing.

This course is part of the Wood Structures Academy

Wood has a long history in architecture and construction, but only recently have we begun to understand its full potential as a way for people to connect with nature. Aesthetic trends come and go, but the beauty of wood and its biophilic impacts make it an in-demand building material for eco-minded employees and multifamily residents. This course explores new trends in wood interior design, illustrating how its versatility and inherent benefits are appealing to new generations – and older ones, too – both in the workplace and at home. Wood interiors have the potential and promise to boost wellness for occupants. This course will spotlight case studies and design studios that are innovating commercial and multifamily projects.

Back to Nature

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Originally published in January 2022