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A bathroom is a very personal and private space. People use the space in different ways and have different ideas about function, mood, and ambience. Universal design fits in perfectly with the design of a bathroom, in that it utilizes the design of products and spaces to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible.

In this course, you will explore anthropometric and ergonomic information, as well as human factors studies that help guide design of spaces. We will discuss the basic concepts of universal design, which have become essential to good bathroom planning, focusing on assessing the needs of your client in preparation for developing a design.

Course List:

  • Bath Planning: Human Factors, Universal Design, and Assessing Needs

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.