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A presentation about the exploration of light's effect on the evolution of our Circadian Rhythm, and how the application of Circadian Illumination can contribute to our Health and Wellbeing
How Biophilic Design has a Physiological Restorative Effect on Occupants of the Built Environment.

Course description

During the course of human evolution exposure to natural lighting conditions has conditioned neurological stimuli that regulate numerous biological functions.

Circadian Rhythm, rooted in the Latin for "around the day", is a term describing the entrained cyclical processes used to sustain most living organisms. The changing spectral distribution characteristics of the sun has been a key influence on how the retina has evolved to become a primary source of sensory stimulus effecting the production and inhibition of hormones essential to Circadian balance.

Disruption of Circadian Rhythm (our natural cycles( can have deleterious effects on health and wellbeing.

Many of our built environments have created unnatural conditions for its occupants. Poor illumination, of the spaces we occupy, can contribute to the disruption of our natural cycles. With the advent of Digital Illumination (LED) and "nature emulating design" we can transform the environments that we occupy. This course explores ways of applying "Circadian Balanced Illumination" and Biophilic Design to invigorate the human condition and benefit our health and wellbeing.

The course is held jointly by the San Francisco Chapters of the AIA and the IALD, and is certified by the AIA for HSW CEU credit.

About the lecturer

George C. Bosson, MA, IES, LIRC/IALD, President of Orgatech Omegalux Architectural Lighting will present the course. George has 26 years of experience in Architectural Lighting. He served as Chief of Operations with elliptipar, General Manager of LAM Lighting and founder of a.light. He has been recognized by the IES as an innovator in lighting development and has received the numerous design awards including the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and Product of the year from Interior Design magazine.