Wentworth Institute of Technology


Behavioral Aspects of Design

Through lectures and discussions, students examine psychological and social research that assesses the dynamic relationship between human behavior and the physical environment with an emphasis on interior spaces. Special populations may be discussed the elderly, children, and the physically challenged. (3 credits)


Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.