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Sustainable Design Academy


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This course provides an overview of the term neurodiversity and the implications within workplace design. No prior experience is required. It is suited to professionals across workplace project teams; this might include:

  • Workplace designers
  • Architects
  • CRE professionals
  • FFE and Finishes Specifiers
  • Product designers

At a glance

  • Modules: 1 + Reference material and articles
  • Hours Needed: 1 hour (plus research time)
  • Tutor: Kay Sargent, Director of Workplace, HOK (Washington DC)
  • Exam: No
  • Certificate: Yes
  • Language: English

Course Content

The course includes an online recording (circa 11 minutes). The module includes links for additional reading and research.
What is neurodiversity? Definition and relevance; creating work environments that support both neurotypical and neurodiverse employees; design implications; acoustic, visual and physical stimulation; choices and options.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes
  • An understanding of the definition of neurodiversity
  • The principles of designing workplace environments for both neurotypical and neurodiverse employees
  • An understanding of the design implications
  • Obtain the knowledge to continue your learning
  • Certificate of Attendance / Completion

Meet the Presenter

Kay Sargent

Director of Workplace, HOK (Washington DC)

With 38 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues and an award-winning designer. Kay is Global Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team and sits on HOK’s Board of Directors.
In 2020 she was named ASID’s Designer of Distinction. Kay currently serves on the ASID’s Foundation Research Taskforce; George Washington University Advisory Council; the IWBI Mind Advisory Team and the Advisory Boards for I+S and WorkDesign magazines. During her career she has also served on the International Boards of CoreNet Global, AVIXA, IFI – International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects, ASID, IIDA, NCQLP and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design and NVCC.
She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community and serves as an Executive committee for WE. In 2021 she was selected from her field of peers to provide Congressional Subject Matter Expert Testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives on “Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19: A View from The Private Sector.” Kay also serves on the GSA Diversity taskforce and is an advisor for the HOK Diversity Advisory Council.