About the course

1.0 LU AIA-approved CE Credit

Environments designed to foster occupant creativity are becoming increasingly valued by clients in nearly every building sector. To satisfy demand, designers can now draw from a wealth of scientific data documenting the effects of our physical surroundings on creative problem-solving in developing their projects. Architects, interior designers, manufacturers, and contractors who successfully incorporate these findings into their work product and knowledge base will gain competitive advantage for both their clients and their businesses. This on-demand course examines the role environmental psychology plays in innovation-driven design, particularly as it relates to color, lighting, sound, furniture and fixtures, finishes, artwork and decor, plantscaping, and programming; how to apply current research to a broad range of building types; how to evaluate the cognitive effectiveness of existing spaces; and how to source products and materials known to boost idea generation.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Tour the course player
    • Pre-course survey
  • 2
    • Design Psychology for Creativity-driven Environments
  • 3
    Quiz (required for credit)
    • 10 Questions
  • 4
    Course Close-out
    • Resources
    • Rate the course

About the Instructor

  • Donald M. Rattner, Architect

    Donald M. Rattner, Architect


    Donald M. Rattner, AIA holds a BA in art history from Columbia and an MArch from Princeton. He is the founder and principal of Donald M. Rattner, Architect, an award-winning consultancy helping organizations and individuals optimize creative thinking in workplace, learning, residential, wellness, hospitality, and commercial environments. Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, and Parsons School of Design. Workshop and lecture venues include NeoCon, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, AIA state chapter events, and many others. Among his publications are Your Creative Haven (September 2019), The Creativity Catalog, Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture, entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels. His work has been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, Town & Country, Robb Report, Residential Architect, Builder, Traditional Building Magazine, L-Magazine, and Design Milk.