Evaluating a Proposed Design for All (DfA) Manual for Architecture

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 776)


This paper outlines the evaluation of a print-based Design for All (DfA) manual. The purpose was to understand if and how a DfA manual can be used as a tool to inspire students (future architects) in designing an inclusive project to transform theory into practice. The DfA manual has been used and tested during a workshop that took place at the UDweek 2016 in Hasselt, Belgium. Our results show that the manual was favorably received, particularly in the areas of the manual’s visual presentation. Conversely, short guidelines, as mean to transfer knowledge, was perceived as too prescriptive. Furthermore, more information to generate insights on users’ needs are required and the static format of the manual can’t satisfy the different ways students prefer to access information. The research provides interesting criteria on how to create a more relevant and useable DfA manual; however, further studies are required to elaborate upon these.


Built environment Inclusive design Design criteria Student workshop User needs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Architecture and ArtsHasselt UniversityHasseltBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Human Ecology Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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