Architecture Research Group
Interiors Reinvented: Design for Autism Project
Research is driven by an autism-friendly design project which provides design students with opportunities to hear the autistic voice.
Inclusion of people with autism is recognised as a major societal issue.
Aims of the project:
- To educate designers of the future how to sensitively design spatial environments for autistic people, helping to improve the users learning and quality of life.
- To help progress the design of autism-friendly environments, specifically addressing sensory issues surrounding spatial transitioning.
A semi-live design project taught through studio, case studies and sharing specialist knowledge.
Joan Love is a tutor on BA(Hons) Interior Architecture. Her research is driven by an autism-friendly design project which provides design students with opportunities to hear the autistic voice. The students learn how to respect the deep sensibility required to be able to work with a complex series of human centred needs.
Advancing the design of autism schools is at the center of a teaching model developed and implemented over a number of years to enhance the student experience in focusing on a unique user type (Love, 2019). In essence, this work contributes to paving the road for future professionals to address the unique particularities of designing responsive spatial environments.
Joan is a consultant for Leeds City Council on a bespoke adult autism accommodation project in Leeds.
Joan’s article has been published on The National Autistic Societies Knowledge Base.
- Sensory spaces: Sensory learning - an experimental approach to educating our future designers to design autism schools
- Studio teaching experiments - spatial transitioning for autism schools
- How autism friendly architecture can change autistic childrens' lives
- Autism & Behavioural Design: Inter-Disciplinary Knowledge Sharing Session
- Autism-friendly design recommendations incorporated into ‘The National Autistic Societies’ knowledge base
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