Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Define terminology related to barrier free design.
2. Compare and contrast a variety of design options for accessibility.
3. Locate and interpret codes, laws and statutes related to designing
barrier free interiors.
4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of design requirements for
5. Assess an interior space and recommend alterations for accessibility.
6. Design a barrier free interior space.
7. Locate and effectively utilize resources for designing accessible
I. Introduction to Accessibility
A. Background and numbers of individuals affected
B. Design terminology
1. Universal design
2. Accessible design
3. Adaptable design
4. Barrier free design
5. Intergenerational or life span design
1. Technical standards and ANSCI (American National Standards
2. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
3. Other disabled access regulations
a. Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations
i. Chapter 11A
ii. Chapter 11B
b. UBC (Uniform Building Code)
c. UFAS (Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards)
II. Overview of the Codes, Laws, and Statutes
A. Certified Interior Designers Law and other professional practice
B. Title 24
2. Existing facilities
4. Unreasonable hardship
5. Other alteration projects
6. Projects exempt from alteration status
7. New construction
C. Sections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
A. Route requirements
B. Operating controls
E. Toilet and bathing facilities
F. Exit facilities
G. Emergency egress openings
H. Smoke detectors
K. Room dimensions
L. Light, ventilation, heating, and sanitation
P. Platform lifts
Q. Drinking fountains
R. Ground and floor surfaces
S. Assembly access
T. Dining and banquet halls
U. Checkstands and check out counters
V. Storage requirements
W. Public telephones
Y. Medical care facilities
IV. Designing Barrier Free Interiors
1. Reading: approximately 5 - 15 pages per week.
2. Weekly problem solving design assignments.
3. Assess a public building for possible barrier free adaptations. Write a
3-5 page summary report.
4. Final project: design a barrier free interior space and produce a floor
plan showing barrier free access.
5. Oral presentation of final project.
6. Midterm and final exam.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
10 - 20%
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
40 - 50%
|Design assignments; final project||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
10 - 15%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Completion, Short answer/short essay||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
5 - 10%
|Attendance and participation||
Interior Design Reference Manual. David K. Ballast, AIA. Professional
Publications, Inc., 2006.
California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 2, current edition.
Americans With Disabilities Act Handbook, Published by the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice,
Building News Edition, current edition.
The Accessible Housing Design File, by Barrier Free Environments, Inc.
Staff, John Wiley & Sons, 2001.