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Continuing Education

Skyfold offers two continuing education courses approved by AIA, IDCEC, AIBC and the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) for you and your design studio or architecture firm. Check with your local association for how our courses can count towards your continuing education. Presentations are available in-person or via webinar. 

You don’t need to be a member of an association to benefit from these courses. Architects and designers outside of the U.S., Alberta and British Columbia who are eager to learn about flexible space solutions and acoustic partitions are welcome to request a Lunch & Learn as well.

Earn continuing education credits towards your profession with one (or both) of our Lunch & Learns:

SKY-0004 — Flexible Space Design Trends

In today’s offices, hotels, restaurants and schools, spaces need to be more than just beautiful they need to be inspiring. By inspiring, we mean that spaces should be equal parts aesthetical pleasing and functional. Function shouldn’t be sacrificed for design, or vice-versa.

In this Lunch & Learn, you will:

  • Explore space utilization trends and challenges in three major industries: Workplace, Hospitality, and Education;
  • Explore what space flexibility means to the designer/architect, to the client, and to the people inhabiting the space;
  • Understand acoustics, the meaning of acoustical ratings, and how they are tested;
  • Understand the importance of acoustical control in all types of space, especially in environments where noise can affect productivity, learning and revenue;
  • Explore the need and demand for flexible space and how it can impact overall design, both structurally and aesthetically;
  • Earn 1 HSW (Health, Safety and Welfare) learning unit.

SKY-0005 —  Revolutionizing Flexible Space With Automated Operable Partitions

Have you thought about incorporating automated and acoustic operable partitions into your flexible space design plans, but have struggled with the design concept, planning and choosing a solution? Then this is the class for you. 

In this Lunch & Learn, you will:

  • Recognize the advantages of automated flexible space to manage spaces more efficiently and effectively; 
  • Compare and contrast three types of automated operable partitions 
  • Understand acoustic separation as it relates to flexible spaces and automated operable partitions 
  • Understand storage and structural considerations 
  • Discover the impact of automated operable partitions on overall design 
  • Understand the overall cost implications (initial and lifecycle) 
  • Earn 1 HSW (Health, Safety and Welfare) learning unit 

SKY-0006 — Mastering Architectural Acoustics in Flexible Spaces

There are many acoustical considerations when designing flexible spaces that do not sacrifice privacy and comfort, especially when integrating operable partitions into these spaces. This course explores acoustics in the built environment (also known as "invisible architecture") and its effects on well-being, health, safety and productivity, as well as an overview of the WELL Building Institute's acoustical comfort recommendations. 

In this Lunch & Learn, you will:

  • Understand what sound is and how it behaves in an interior environment 
  • Learn how building materials are classified for their sound control capabilities
  • Learn about acoustical challenges in flexible spaces with an withtout operable partitions
  • Discover how best to control sound 
  • Find solutions for noise control through automation and intelligent acoustical design
  • Earn 1 HSW (Health, Safety and Welfare) learning unit 

Interested in attending or organizing a Lunch & Learn for your firm? Request one today.

What is AIA?

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was created in 1857 by 13 architects in New York City with the goal of promoting architects, architecture and industry standards. Now, AIA has over 88 000 members worldwide and stands by their original mission.

Licensed architects in the United States of America are responsible for earning continuing education credits each year to retain their AIA membership and/or their state license(s).

What is IDCEC?

The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) is an organization that aims to strengthen and advance the interior design profession through continuous skill, knowledge, competency and personal attitude improvement. A professional organization or a legal registration (by jurisdiction) may require a certain number of continuing education units. Members of IDCEC can fulfill those requirements by completing approved courses and activities.

What is AAA?

The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) is a self-governing association in accordance with the Architects Act that ensures all architects and licensed interior designers have the necessary education, experience and certification in order to perform their occupation in the province.

What is AIBC?

Also a product of the Architects Act, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is a self-governing association that sets rules and regulations for the profession for the benefit of the public. For 100 years, the AIBC has also been providing programs and support to their members.