A series of 12 action-oriented 1-hour webinars aimed at what you
- the practicing architect, interior designer, landscape architect -
can do to foster prosperity while protecting the planet.

What will we leave behind? How can we fix the future? Will we leave the world a better place than we found it?


As architects, interior designers, landscape architects, you hold incredible power. The power to shape the built environment in which we live, love, work, play, and die.

You are - by design - problem solvers and we feel lucky to have the privilege to curate topics that help you solve today’s biggest challenges. That’s our small contribution and we take it very seriously. Yours is much greater. This is why, in 2020, we are offering a series of 12 action-oriented 1-hour webinars aimed at what design professionals can do to foster prosperity while protecting the planet. We will be tackling hunger, energy, peace, poverty, etc. No, we won’t solve it. We know that.

What we hope to achieve with this series is to highlight how the built environment interacts with these issues and encourage you - the practitioners - to be the catalysts of change. To become both change-makers and change-ambassadors.

Our intent is about asking better questions and having better conversations with all stakeholders in every community. It does feel overwhelming and - it is - but we owe it to future generations to at least try. We hope you will consider participating in this food-for-thought-and-action series.

If nothing else, you will earn a total of 12 HSW CE Credits; hopefully, you will be inspired to contribute your ideas, help shape our thinking around critical issues, and take small yet impactful steps in your practice.

See you online. In the meantime, thank you for your role in designing a world in which all of us can thrive now and in the future.

What? Our Change-by-Design series consists of 12 action-oriented 1-hour webinars. Each webinar webinar delves into what you - the practicing architect, interior designer, landscape architect - can do to foster prosperity while protecting the planet.

When? One webinar per month (typically on the last Thursday of the month).

What if I miss one of the live webinars? No worries, we will send you the recording for you to watch on-demand at your own pace and on your own time. You will still be able to earn the same number of Continuing Education Credit(s) you would have earned if you had attended the live session. A brief quiz is required for on-demand sessions.

Where? Attend from anywhere on any computer (and most mobile devices) with internet access.

What is the cancellation/refund policy? You can cancel at any time for any reason and receive a prorated refund based on the number of webinars remaining in the series.

Why? Because as architects, interior designers, landscape architects, you hold incredible power. The power to shape the built environment in which we live, love, work, play, and die. You are - by design - problem solvers and we need your help solving today’s biggest challenges. I hope you will consider participating in this food-for-thought-and-action series. If nothing else, you will earn a total of 12 HSW CE Credits over the course of the year; hopefully, you will be inspired to contribute your ideas, help shape our thinking around critical issues, and take small yet impactful steps in your practice. 

UN Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being


2020 was a year marked by airborne pathogens, wildfires, and a life-threatening pandemic.  Our schools and places of worship closed, while restaurants, bars and gyms were off-limits.  We were all sent home or driven outside.  Our buildings were no longer healthy places. How can our buildings evolve to protect us from dangers both inside and out?Considering components for healthy building organizations such as WELL building standards and governmental health agencies, this presentation will evaluate air and water quality.  It will further address light, ergonomics, movement, and surface materials impacting the user’s health.  Finally, it will consider the visceral and cognitive human response to buildings, which influences wellness. 

The health crisis of 2020 has allowed us to rethink our built environment and the need to provide healthy buildings and a healthy world to inhabit. We can come away from this health crisis with design insight to improve our quality of life. 

Thursday January 28, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time

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How long do you (pre-covid) spend driving to work, school, grocery stores, shops, restaurants, doctors, hair salons, etc.? The impact of all of those cars, roads, parking lots and more is devastating to a sustainable planet, sustainable cities and to the health, safety and welfare of populations. Add in the impact of a pandemic and the growing awareness of ongoing social inequity and the idea of living in a community where the majority of your needs can be met withing a 15 minute walk or bicycle ride is generating a great deal of awareness right now. Join us as we explore what are the benefits and challenges to creating a Sustainable City that can lead to healthier, safer and more mindful communities.

Thursday February 25, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time


REDUCED INEQUALITIES BY DESIGN: Design Equity™ Strategies for All People

We live in a world of labels—descriptors responsible for a polarized human experience and hindered creativity. These labels prevent design professionals from providing the best possible people-centered solutions. They have made design seem out of reach for some people when well-designed spaces should be a standard for all, not a luxury for a few.

We will help you recognize the impact of labels, demographics and data on the design process. We will show how adjusting language, spearheading an inclusive design process and creating empathetic concepts will enhance community well-being and inspire the next generation of design professionals.

Thursday  March 25, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BY DESIGN: Using Nature-Based Solutions to Support All Global Goals

Cities face many challenges while trying to become more resilient: water and food security, climate change, human health, sustainable economic development and disaster risk reduction. Bringing nature back into our cities has been gaining media attention, largely due to the pandemic crisis and growing sustainability challenges. How can designers engage? In this course you will learn about the immense potential of nature-based solutions - which mimic the processes of natural ecosystems - and how they can provide effective, multi-faceted benefits to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nature-Based Solutions refers to a wide range of innovative, cost-effective and integrative approaches to address societal and environmental challenges. This is done by limiting the impacts of climate change, enhancing biodiversity and improving environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social well-being.

Thursday April 29, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time

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Architecture is a beacon of commonality. Listening empowers people to become a part of the process by speaking up about what they want, choosing how they wish to live. In this session, we will be walking through the process of designing and building the Mtshali Family Home in Durban, South Africa. You’ll learn Listen to Build strategies you can use in your practice to involve the client in designing a solution that improves their health and wellness in a way that is sustainable and respectful of your clients priorities, preferences, and experiences.

Thursday May 27, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time

CLIMATE ACTION BY DESIGN: Climate Adaptation Thinking and Resilient Cities

Thinking about climate adaptation is an integral part of designing resilient cities. Question is: What are the best practices to advance the resilience of urban areas? In our “Climate Adaptation Thinking and Resilient Cities” Change by Design session, you’ll learn how early adaptation planning leads to innovative recovery responses and opportunities for creating resilient cities that can adapt to the impacts of socio-economic and climatic challenges. We’ll also delve into urban health, climate justice, inclusive stakeholder engagement and gender mainstreaming considerations. As a design professional, you’ll leave with actionable steps you can take to collectively co-design, co-implement and co-monitor your city’s or community’s resilient future - by design.

Thursday June 24, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time

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INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BY DESIGN: The Reimagined Value of the Architecture and Design Industry

Life happens in all the spaces we create. Without design the way we experience our world would be diminished. Beyond design outcomes and aesthetics, how would reframing the value of design change the way you view the spaces we create? How would a new perspective of design equity change our industry? How could it impact the wellbeing of human connectedness? To ultimately change the story of us.  Join in to learn how to see the interior design industry through a new lens that will change the way you value design forever.

Thursday July 29, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time



Out of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, four are core.  Join us as we delve into these foundational goals that support all of the other SDGs. Rediscover how everything in the world of Design and Architecture is connected to the health and biodiversity of the planet.  Take away simple, actionable changes that can improve the lives of your clients and our world today, tomorrow, and into the future.

Thursday August 26, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time

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“Waste is nothing but a symptom of failed relationships.“ - Quote by J. Chapman

We are in the midst of a fundamental shift in the relationship between design professionals and the materials they use to build. So far, it has mainly been a matter of extensively mining raw materials, which has led to the depletion of these resources. In response to the increasing scarcity of raw materials, architects and designers are turning to Urban Mining as one way to bring Responsible Consumption and Production practices to the building industry.

In “The Art of Urban Mining,” you’ll meet Rasa Weber, who is a co-founder of the Berlin-based design and architecture collective They Feed Off Buildings. Rasa will use case studies to share circular design strategies you can implement to integrate “waste” (reused materials and recycled resources) into your building practices.

Thursday September 30, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time



The Ricehouse project tackles problems of two main sectors in the architecture and design industry: construction and agriculture. Just in the EU, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption during construction, 36% of CO2 emissions, generate 1/3 of all waste, use 21% of drinking water and 50% of extracted raw materials. Ricehouse transforms rice residues into 100% natural construction materials that return to nature at the end of their service life in a circular way. The company is aligned with 8 of the 17 UN SDGs, mainly focusing on promoting and developing sustainable cities and communities through responsible consumption and production.

Thursday October 28, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time


REDUCED INEQUALITIES BY DESIGN: The Necessary Rise of Inclusive Design

This course, The Future of Design: The Necessary Rise of Inclusive Design encourages dialogue and shares methods to adopt Inclusive Design approaches,, within the daily practice of design.  While seeking to inspire industry professionals to imagine an inclusive world that  is powered by your creativity and sense of humanity.

As our world becomes smaller and smaller, humanity aspires to: provide care, work, play and live connected experiences that are more meaningful. As designers it is our responsibility to create considerate environments that support this quality of life for all. This is the Future of Design.

Thursday November 18, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time


CHANGE BY DESIGN: Accessible Architecture

Thursday December 16, 2021
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 2 Zero Hunger

Building-Integrated Food Production

This session delves into how the designers of the built world can help alleviate hunger. We will be examining the changing food supply chain and how methods of food production can be incorporated into urban and suburban developments. You will learn how your building design can help reduce or eliminate food waste.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Peacebuilding Architecture

Can creators of the built world bring Peace and Justice to the planet?  Can they create institutions that can reduce the fear of violence and create safety where individuals can flourish?  Yes, YOU can. The potential within buildings, developments and cities can represent society’s commitment to justice and democracy. This course will examine case studies where architecture and design have changed lives and promoted safety and peace and has strengthened institutions for the benefit of humanity.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 7 Affordable & Clean Energy

AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY BY DESIGN: Beyond Net Zero to Positive Energy Buildings

This course addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Affordable and Clean Energy and how the creators of the built world can facilitate this goal.  Energy is key to a sustainable world and buildings are the largest consumers of energy and producers of CO2. Join us to learn how you can create buildings that use less energy, make energy affordable and accessible and even how a factory can be a forest. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities


As a key player in the design of the built environment, you - and other design professionals - are in a position to positively impact the communities in which we live, work and play by being an instrument for change. As more people than ever before live in cities, their livability is put to the test. Your design decisions and the building practices you espouse weigh on an increasing number of city dwellers. Find out what you can do to positively affect the quality and sustainability of city life by designing for livability.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 1 No Poverty

Applying Trauma-Informed Care

Many people who encounter poverty, as well as related problems such as homelessness, crime, discrimination, mental illness, violence, and other societal issues experience persistent, and sometimes debilitating ‘toxic’ trauma. This presentation suggests that people can be assisted by designing empathetically for trauma, prioritizing strategies that support well-being and help preserve dignity. Through this course’s information and case studies, you will learn about the issues surrounding trauma and the guidelines of trauma-informed care, and the emerging principles of trauma-informed design that can help you create effective built environments that assist people in need.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BY DESIGN: Community Health Needs and the Built Environment

During this time of global focus on health, it is vital we expand our knowledge about the impact the environment has on our health. We will first look at health- and wellness-focused building standards, namely Fitwel and WELL. Then, you will learn how to find community-specific public health data and how to analyze it to figure out which health issues most directly impact your clients and their communities. From there, using performance and prescriptive design strategies, you will be able to create a cost-conscious health-focused strategy for planned and future construction projects.

Thursday, June 25, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities

REDUCED INEQUALITIES BY DESIGN: Empowering Everyone Everywhere

This course addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Reduced Inequalities and how the creators of the built world can facilitate this goal. Inequality is growing as explosively as the global population. What is the basis for the inequalities, how can they threaten the continued growth and development of the world’s societies, and even more importantly … can the built world reduce or even eliminate inequality? Join us to see how sustainable equity can be built by understanding how we can Change By Design.

Thursday, July 30, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

Responsible Consumption and Production by Design


This course will provide an opportunity for architects and designers to expand their thinking on issues related to sustainability with a focus on materials and resources. As key players in the design of the built environment, designers are in a position to positively impact human health while making design choices that respect people and the planet. Participants will derive foundational knowledge for making sound specification decisions and wisely using resources.

Thursday, August 27, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 4 Quality Education

QUALITY EDUCATION BY DESIGN: Best Practices in Sustainable School Architecture

Research shows that sustainable school design is not only good for the environment, sustainable school design can have a direct impact on student achievement and teacher performance.  This course will explore sustainable design strategies that best support learning and examine ways to leverage building codes and sustainable design rating systems to prioritize and optimize the design measures that most significantly impact student achievement and increase teacher retention.  We will also discuss strategies for energizing and mobilizing the design team and stakeholders to build consensus and accountability for implementing sustainable design and apply lessons learned from case studies of High Performance School projects.

Thursday, September 24, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

Clean Water and Sanitation by Design


Water is one of the most critical components on planet earth for life to exist. Humans can only survive three days without water! All the water the planet will ever have is already here. Yet we have been abusing this precious and finite resource through waste, contamination and pollution.
As global populations continue to rise exponentially, the demand for water, sanitation and water management is also increasing exponentially; especially in developing countries.
In order to create sustainable societies, water is most likely one of, if not the MOST, critical factors. Join us to learn how new water strategies can change the built world.

Thursday, October 29, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BY DESIGN: Dementia Care for a Population in Crisis

One in 8 persons over 65 will have dementia and as the elderly population grows, the disease continues to grow. This course introduces a design model that enriches the quality of life for those with dementia.  

We are currently engaged in a paradigm shift from traditional home care to a home-like environment.  This requires that we provide comfortable safe housing that is also a person-centered home. This presentation is a guide for design interventions that can help mitigate the impact of this growing crisis. These interventions are environmental therapies based on science and linked to design; using color, light, nature, sensory stimulation and reminiscence art to enrich the environment. Until we find a cure, human-centric design interventions remain a powerful tool for anyone dealing with Dementia.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BY DESIGN: Biophilia and the Wisdom of Nature

Biophilia is defined as a love of the living world. We seek nature, especially when we don't feel well. Nature can calm us with a beautiful sunset or invigorate us with a spring rain. Both ancient and modern people use nature in healing. Nature has always offered healing places: a sacred spring, a reflective pond, a quiet grove, and majestic peaks. For centuries we have sought these sanctuaries in our quest for health and healing.

This webinar explores the science of biophilia that embraces nature as the teacher to solve complex issues in challenging building spaces.  It will further discuss circadian and color kinetic lighting, human sustainability, healthy buildings, human factors, and nature's geometry of fractals as design tools for the built environment.

Thursday, December 17, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time
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