Lunchtime Learning May 24 (Virtual)

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May 24, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL WEBINAR: The Economic Value of Art and Design in the Workplace

Speaker: Therese Lahaie, Apparatus Design

DATE: Tuesday, May 24, 2022


  • AIA Member or AIA Assoc Member - $10
  • AIAH Affiliate Member - $10
  • Non-Member - $25

Registration is required.  Instructions will be emailed to all registrants beginning May 20. A minimum of 3 days' notice is required o receive a full refund ifyou need to cancel your reservation.  

AIA CREDIT: (1) AIA HSW LU, IDCEC, IIDA CEU, and LEED certificate of completion



Art and Economics provide convincing statistics and initiatives on the benefits of art and design in the workplace for you and your clients. Notable workplace redesigns are tracked using the criteria and rationale behind Well Building Institute standards for art and design.  Current sociological studies that test and measure the impact of art and design on occupants' comfort, satisfaction, and overall productivity are emphasized.

Course #: AXOAD101

AIA learning objectives:

  1. Evaluate economic impacts of design using case studies and new research in workplace design.
  2. Identify deficiencies of existing open office design as they relate to the formation of healthy and productive environments.
  3. Analyze the effects of art and design in the workplace on comfort, satisfaction, and productivity.
  4. Describe forces behind the accelerating trend towards flexible spaces, the design goals in their formation, and the impact on users and business operations.

The Economic Value of Art and Design in the Workspace - 

The office is being disrupted; in response, we need a disruptive design!. We’ll use new research from sociology and psychology to examine the failings of existing office spaces, multi-year surveys that highlight users’ needs and frustrations and examine flexible space concepts as a solution. We’ll consider what the Well Building Institute says about art and its effects on the experience of spaces. We’ll also use case studies to show the economic impact that justifies making art a priority in workplace design. Attendees will gain new ideas for workplace design and, importantly, a new way of talking about the value of their services.


Therese Lahaie is a lightologist. Her expertise in glass technology launched her career in custom lighting, and her love of collaboration led her to work with nationally recognized lighting designers at Translite Sonoma/Lightolier and Morrison Lighting.  

As a light practitioner she had an early interest in LED lighting. Her company, Apparatus Design and its training program, Innovators in LED Lighting, to give designers knowledge that they can immediately apply to their projects. Today, Therese is an independent consultant who connects designers and manufacturers with LED lighting solutions. Over 4000 architects, engineers, and lighting designers now have lighting fluency through her AIA HSW presentations.   

Therese has presented at Lightfair International, Strategies in Light, and events at AIA, ASID, DLF, KNBA and the ASID Bay Area Student Design Symposium.

Therese is also an artist working in the medium of light. Some of her projects include the public art installation Crossing Signal Mosaic, and sculptural works in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum and the DiRosa Collection in California, the Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Collection in New York, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.



Per AIA National CE Standards, any learning program approved for AIA Learning Units may award CE credit for the approved program for up to (3) years from the date of approval so long as the CES Provider is in good standing. AIA Members may repeat the same course, but no additional credit will be granted or recorded.