Developing perception-based criteria of inclusive (architectural) design

Aldyfra Lukman, Catherine Bridge, Stephen Dain, Mei Ying Boon

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Inclusive design outcomes in architecture rely on valid and reliable information about user experiences. The way users perceive and experience the built environment contains the clues for the optimal facilitation of their needs and expectations. However, their perceptions of aspects of the built environment and their needs and expectations are not easily accessed for incorporation into the design work of professional architects and architecture students. This paper identifies how this need may be addressed and outlines methods of making such knowledge more accessible and in a form that facilitates ease of incorporation of user perceptions and expectations into design. Specifically, this paper details approaches whereby user perceptions are transformed into design tools that can be used by architects for applying inclusive design. Several approaches that are described in this paper can be applied and combined by architects and students to obtain information regarding user perception of the built environment and subsequently converting the information into the tools or criteria for designing inclusive buildings and facilities. The approaches and the tools are expected to support the incorporation of inclusive design into the architecture profession and education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Design 2014
Subtitle of host publicationThree Days of Creativity and Diversity. Proceedings of the International Conference on Universal Design, UD 2014, Lund, Sweden, June 16-18, 2014
EditorsHector Caltenco, Per-Olof Hedvall, Andreas Larsson, Kirsten Rassmus-Grohn, Bitte Rydeman
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978161499-4039
ISBN (Print)9781614994022
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Universal Design 2014: Three Days of Creativity and Diversity - Sweden, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 16 Jun 201418 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameAssistive Technology Research Series
ISSN (Print)1383-813X
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8071


ConferenceInternational Conference on Universal Design 2014
Abbreviated titleUD2014


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