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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)


Improving Wellness with Interior Design
Presented by Ariel Steuer

  • Principles of wellness-centered design
  • Lighting
  • Materials
  • Color palettes
  • Use of plants
  • Outdoor-indoor space integration


Historic Preservation and Interior Design
Presented by Peter Dedek 

  • Types of preservation: restoration, adaptive reuse, infill, and others
  • Tax credits, grants and other financing options
  • Zoning issues
  • Building code, ADA and sustainable design considerations
  • Historic preservation case studies 


Introduction to Biophilic Design
Presented by Sonja Bochart

  • Biophilia and biophilic design
  • Design principles and benefits
  • Integrating environmental features
  • Simulating natural shapes, forms, patterns and processes
  • Incorporating light and space
  • Emphasizing connections between buildings and landscape
  • Case studies of completed design projects 


Using Passive Solar Heating and Cooling 
Presented by Heather Holdridge

  • What is passive solar design 
  • Identifying the five elements of passive solar design
  • Designing for passive solar heating
  • Designing for passive solar cooling
  • Shading and ventilation 


 Ethical Issues for Designers
Presented by Heather Holdridge 

  • Complying with codes of professional conduct and ethics
  • Obligations to the public
  • Duties to the client
  • Responsibilities to colleagues in the design profession 



Webinar Instructions
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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

 HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

 The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232). 

 Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 

 On-Demand Credits 
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

 6.0 HSW LUs (AIA) 


Sonja Bochart, IIDA., LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP

Director with Shepley Bulfinch

Sonja Bochart’s background in creating meaningful and healthy spaces can be found in her over 20 year of experience as a designer; shaping spaces for connection, healing and overall well-being. She is a Director with Shepley Bulfinch and also provides consulting services through Lens Strategy, a consulting studio within Shepley Bulfinch. An avid speaker, instructor, leader and writer, she promotes thoughtfulness and leading-edge innovations of holistic design with a focus on human health and wellness. Her interior design portfolio includes award-winning educational, community, international, cultural, residential and corporate spaces. Her designs and workshops integrate leading edge principles of biophilia (passion for life), mindfulness, evidence based design, storytelling and sustainability to create holistic places of wellness, inspiration and transformation 


Dr. Peter B. Dedek

Associate Professor at Texas State University

Dr. Peter B. Dedek, is an associate professor at Texas State University in the Department of History. He teaches courses in historic preservation, and the history of architecture and interior design. He recently authored The Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History, (State University of Louisiana Press 2017). He has written two other titles, Historic Preservation for Designers (Fairchild Books, 2014) and Hip to the Trip: a Cultural History of Route 66, (University of New Mexico Press, 2007). 

Heather Holdridge

Lake Flato Architects

Ms. Holdridge, leveraging her background in mechanical engineering, Heather directs all Lake|Flato teams in establishing sustainability goals. She devises strategies and systems to realize those goals under programs such as LEED, the 2030 Challenge, and the Living Building Challenge. Heather works closely with teams to evaluate passive systems and performs energy modeling throughout the design process. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. 


Ariel Steuer, ASID, NCIDQ

Interior Designer, The Kubala Washatko Architects

Ariel Steuer, has over 15 years of experience as the lead interior designer at The Kubala Washatko Architects, where a design philosophy of Wholeness is practiced, in which the built environment supports and enhances both human activity and natural living systems. With an overarching concern for how people are affected by the built environment, her goal is to integrate restorative and living practices into spaces for the benefit of people and planet. Advocacy for non-toxic and sustainable design practices are folded into her approach that interiors should be timeless and integrated with the environmental and cultural context of place. As a lifelong learner who is always diving deeper, Ariel is guided by practical and established methodologies for bringing wholeness to the forefront. By synthesizing various fields of study, she connects the dots to illustrate how human health and wellbeing is interconnected with the quality of our natural and built environments, resulting in new perspectives for approaching how we design buildings and spaces. 

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Current Issues in Interior Design

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6-hour course for design professionals identifies and discusses current issues in interior design, including wellness-centered design, biophilic design, historic preservation and design, making air quality improvements and navigating ethical issues in interior design.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to utilize principles of wellness-centered design, including those related to lighting, materials, color palettes, plants and outdoor-indoor space integration, to improve wellness.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the design principles and benefits of biophilic design and integrate environmental features, plants, natural shapes, light and space into their designs.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to improve interior air quality through an understanding of related standards and regulations, sustainable design goals, pollutants (VOCs, particulates, etc.) and ventilation and filtration systems.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with codes of professional conduct and ethics and understand their obligations to the public and duties to the client in order to navigate common ethical issues faced by designers.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with residential design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/07/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.