AIA Continuing Education

The Zoological Lighting Institute™ is a registered CES Provider with the American Institute of Architects. Through reciprocity agreements, these credits are also availble for RIBA Members. Research in architecture is just as important as research in ornithology, if we wish to avoid killing birds through current design choices. We offer a variety of courses to support architects as they pursue research in the field of bird-friendly architecture. To schedule your in-house course, please send an e-mail to or fill out the form below.

Save a Bilion Birds: The Creative Potential of Bird-friendly Design

6 CES Credits


Biodiversity maintenance is an integral aspect of architectural sustainability and an indispensable aspect of ethical architectural practice. This course, and all ZLI CES courses, consider biodiversity health and maintenance from the standpoint of light in architecture. This session brings explores the subject within accredited aquariums and zoos, so as to better connect architects with the crucial suitability challenge of biodiversity maintenance.

Reflective and transparent architectural glass is responsible for more than one billion bird deaths yearly in the US alone. As architects come to deal with this environmental challenge, pre-existing and bird-friendly cultural prototypes enable creative designers to foster biodiversity wherever they build. Bird-friendly guidelines have been developed across Canada and the United States, and the legal and social pressures to create an animal friendly, ecologically sustainable environment can be addressed while reaching out through traditional, multi-cultural and sustainable (daylighting appropriate) strategies. This CES program reviews bird-friendly design in terms of the non-glazed architectures of Asia, Europe and the Americas, enabling and encouraging architects to create animal welfare appropriate and ecologically integrative design.

Learning Units:  6Hrs
Credit Designations:  LU|HSW|SD
Course Format:  Instructor-led face-to-face

Learning Objective 1:  
Participants will be able to recognize hazards for birds in the built environment.

Learning Objective 2:  
Participants will be able to identify best practices for collision prevention, and to integrate best practices in architectural daylighting within a wildlife sensitive approach.

Learning Objective 3:  
Participants will be able to offer biodiversity enhancing solutions, preventing animal cruelty and integrating such solutions within other design objectives (aesthetics, cultural sensitivity, economic differentiation, energy-efficiency, branding, privacy, etc.)

Learning Objective 4:  
Participants will be able to convey the need for bird-friendliness to the public, clients and government agencies.

Reading for this course includes review of the following guidelines and policies:

Governmental Policy Guidelines:

San Jose, CA 
Download -  Standards for Bird-safe Guidelines

Download - SF Planning Department Standards for Bird-safe Building

Download - Minnesota - SS.14 Bird-Safe Building


Download - Toronto Bird-friendly Development Guidelines

NGO Guidelines:

The American Bird Conservancy

Download ABC's Bird-friendly Building Design

USGBG LEED Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence

Download - LEED Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence


Minnesota Audubon Society -  Bird-safe Building Guidelines

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