AIA Registered Provider

aiab081034Barton Associates, Inc. is proud to be an approved educational provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES) Registered Provider program. The AIA was created in 1857 and recognizes that continuing education is crucial to the advancement and improvement of the profession. We agree continuing education is extremely important and we understand the importance of great design therefore we are committed to offering quality education in accordance with the AIA/CES criteria.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a seminar, please contact:

Kelly Fry, MBA
Marketing Manager
klf@ba-inc.com

Current Courses

The Light of Your Life: The Potential Effects of Light On Our Mental and Physical Health (1 LU/HSW credit)

Today,  Americans spend 90% or more of their time indoors.  But, as little as 100 years ago, the majority of our days were lived outdoors and governed by the rise and setting of the sun.  In this presentation, we will explore how this shift from living in a naturally lit environment to one dominated by electric light has potentially effected both our mental and physical well-being.  We will discuss how the trend for living in ‘cities that never sleep’ has only amplified our innate need to be connected with natural light on a daily basis.  But, what if our environment, activities, profession, lifestyle or even physical health preclude us from having access to natural light each day?  We will investigate a recent advancement in LED lighting technology that may finally be able to provide the best of both worlds…electric light engineered to provide the potential health benefits characteristic of natural light.

From taking this course, you will:

  • Be able to discover the meaning of Biophilia as it relates to natural light through the analysis of common case studies.
  • Be able to explore why humans have an essential need to connect on a daily level with natural light through the study of its effect on our circadian rhythm.
  • Be able to investigate the potential effects that living the majority of our day under electric light has on our mental and physical health by examining current related studies.
  • Be able to demonstrate how the emerging technology of Dynamic White LED Lighting has the potential to bridge the gap between our desire for the benefits of natural light while living in an interior environment dominated by electric light through hand-on demonstration.

Lighting Strategies for the Aging Eye (1 LU/HSW credit)

It is estimated that by the year 2030, 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 years of age or older.  This new generation of Seniors is healthier, wealthier, and more socially-engaged than the generations before.  They are not interested in the institutional-like retirement communities of yesterday.  These Seniors are seeking luxury-style community living with age-in-place amenities that adapt to their changing physical abilities and needs.  However there is one amenity that all Seniors are searching for because they know it is crucial to their ability to participate fully in life…Quality Lighting.  This course will introduce to you the challenging needs of the aging eye along with proven lighting techniques designed to counteract degrading vision.  We will discuss how to implement the latest sustainable lighting technology to help Facility Owners save energy while encouraging environmental awareness in Seniors as they thrive in their new surroundings.

From taking this course, you will:

  • Be able to define the five common ways our eyes and vision degrade as we age using multiple visual comparisons of how the same environment looks to a 25 year old versus a 75 year old.
  • Be able to implement lighting strategies that will help counteract the effects of the aging eye through the analysis of existing project photos demonstrating each technique.
  • Be able to explain how quality lighting design provides both physiological and psychological benefits for Seniors using current research findings.
  • Be able to integrate new LED lighting technology into their lighting designs to create appropriately-lit and environmentally-friendly spaces for Seniors through the review of example projects.