The design of the American home is changing as a result of economic, civic, and cultural forces. Examples of this include multiple generations are living together once again, people are choosing to "age in place" instead of moving into senior living, and individuals with a range of disabilities are choosing to live independently. Designers who can respond to these changes with insight and sensitivity will be able to function more effectively in this new residential marketplace.
This certificate has been created to help you develop fluency in universal design by providing you with a working knowledge of design solutions to create home environments that are functional, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for all residents. You will improve your ability to create design solutions for residences that are responsive to the unique needs of individuals at all stages of the human lifecycle. You will gain skill in specifying products and materials that are appropriate for your clients with a range of conditions and disabilities now and as they age. This should give you an advantage with clients in the residential design marketplace.
What is Accessible Design?
Design for a Lifetime
Design for a Lifetime Courses and Certificate Curriculum
Each course in this non-credit certificate is offered fully online for 8 weeks. It is recommended that you begin the program with Accessible Design as a Way of Thinking and end with Residential Retro-fit.
Offered This Spring
- Accessible Design as a Way of Thinking with Deborah Pierce, AIA, CAPS
Accessible environments are more than step-less and curb-free, and designers need more than a knowledge of access codes to create places that transform disabilities to abilities. An expanded skills set and a broadened project team are necessary to create environments that are accessible, adaptable, visitable, and user-friendly for people living with a wide variety of disabling conditions. By studying responsive homes, public spaces, trends, and new products in both the US and abroad, one develops a new vision for the meaning of Universal Design and the possibilities of Accessible Homes.
- Residential Interiors for Lifetime Living with Carol Dean, AKBD, CAPS
As a designer, you make a difference in your clients' lives by creating attractive and functional living spaces. But your design goal should go one step further-to create a living space that allows your clients to live independently and safely through all phases of their lives. This course introduces you to the design principles, guidelines and practices for lifetime residential living spaces. It takes you beyond good design practices to understand life issues-the implications of normal aging, chronic illness and disabilities. You will learn about products, materials, and communication strategies, and complete design projects for specific client cases. At course end, you will understand the importance of incorporating lifetime living design strategies into your everyday design process-and have the knowledge to do it. Course emphasis is on kitchen and bath design. Drawing is not required for this class; written and illustrated projects are acceptable to demonstrate an understanding of the assignment.
- New Skill Sets for Residential Designers
Students will develop skills that will aid them in identifying what their clients need in their residence, and be able to help reconcile this with what they think they want. These skills include: client interviews, programming, building and site design, team-building, financing, grants, insurance coverage, cost estimating, and construction.
- Gadgets, Gizmos and Details
Students will research the specifications and designs for accessible products to meet the needs of potential clients. The course will focus on a wide variety of products, materials and finishes that fit the standards for universal or adaptable design, including (but not limited to) cabinetry, furniture, lighting/electrical, acoustics, HVAC, and appliances.
- Residential Retro-fit
Students will apply what they have learned in previous courses to create design projects with "real-world" clients, starting with the client interview, ending with a suggested design for a remodeled room and including the appropriate fixtures, features and appliances.
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