PUDCAD Project. Towards a CAD-Based Game for the Implementation of Universal Design Principles in Design Education

  • Giorgio BurattiEmail author
  • Giuseppe Amoruso
  • Fiammetta Costa
  • Margherita Pillan
  • Michela Rossi
  • Ozge Cordan
  • Demet Arslan Dincay
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 919)


The notion of inclusive design and universal design principles are today widely recognised by most of the educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and particular authorities around the world. Within the subsequent legislations and obligations around the world, the awareness of universal design has reached a certain level to be placed in design education curricula. However, there are slight differences in teaching and practicing universal design principles in higher design education. Therefore, as educational outputs, these differences have a major impact on the students’ knowledge of the universal design principles and implementing these principles into their design decisions in an effective way. In this regard, PUDCAD project (Practicing Universal Design Principles in Design Education through a CAD-based Game) aims to offers a CAD based game platform for undergraduate design students to learn and adapt universal design guidelines into spatial experience and design practice.


PUDCAD Education through digital media Serious game and gamification Universal design Inclusion 



Authors of this paper wish to thank high schools staff for their contribution to this project: prof. C. Sequi and prof. A. Catalano, IIS “Enrico de Nicola”; Head Teacher A. Ferrario and prof. C. Costa, Liceo Classico “Tito Livio”; Head Teacher A. Rezzani and Head Teacher S. Bassi, IIS “Falcone-Righi”- Liceo Statale “G. B. Vico”. And finally a special thanks Prof. A. Rezzani and Prof. D. Di Lena, Liceo “Guglielmo Marconi”, for their help in collecting so precious data.

ITU, Faculty of Architecture

Dr. Ozge Cordan, Dr. Demet Arslan Dincay, Dr. CagılYurdakul Toker, Elif Belkıs Oksuz, Busra Gizem Vayva;

Institute of Design and Fine Arts

Timo Sulkavo

Architecture Department, Università degli Studi di Firenze

Antonella Sera, Francesca Tosi

Detmolder School of Architecture and Interior Architecture

Ulrich Nether, Jan Philip Ley

Politecnico di Milano, School of Design

Fiammetta Costa, Michela Rossi, Margherita Pillan, Giuseppe Amoruso, Giorgio Buratti


Kadir Ülger

Occupational Therapy Association of Turkey

Gonca Bumin

ERASMUS+ KA203 2017 – TR01-KA203-046577

PUDCAD - Practicing Universal Design Principles in Design Education through a CAD-based Game Project is granted by the European Commission for the Erasmus+ Program KA203 conducted by the Center for European Union Education and Youth Programs (Turkish National Agency, of the Turkish Republic Ministry of European Union. However, the Turkish National Agency or the European Commission cannot be held responsible for the opinions contained herein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgio Buratti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giuseppe Amoruso
    • 1
  • Fiammetta Costa
    • 1
  • Margherita Pillan
    • 1
  • Michela Rossi
    • 1
  • Ozge Cordan
    • 2
  • Demet Arslan Dincay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of DesignPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Interior Architecture DepartmentITU Faculty of ArchitectureIstanbulTurkey

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