Of the thesis entitled: Redefining the Classroom: Incorporating Sensory Cognizant Design Strategies
The perception of space is generated and understood by the multi-sensory orchestration of our five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Through the heightening and/ or reduction of specific senses the mind generates emotional reactions as a response to the external environment. As architects we are directly accountable in the way the built environment is designed and how it may impact the user’s emotions and perception of space. This multi-sensorial approach towards perceiving architecture and the ideology of designing for all the senses is commonly referred to as haptic design. In recent years the architectural profession has begun to move towards understanding the range of disabilities that can alter how one travels through space. However, not all disabilities are supported by organizations that regulate the rules of accessibility and design. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a cognitive impairment that can affect one’s neurosensory response and interactions with the built environment. The intentions of this thesis are to understand how architects can better approach the challenges of sensory design in order to create environments that are inclusive for all individuals. The research examines the state of Ontario elementary school classrooms and the lack of design sensitivity towards students with autism and other sensory processing disorders. Through the exploration of spatial qualities, materiality and the methodology of design collaboration, architecture can be used as a tool to better understand how to diversify spaces into sensory inclusive environments.
The examining committee is as follows:
Supervisor: Jonathan Enns
Committee Member: John McMinn
Internal Reader: Marie-Paule Macdonald
External Reader: Erin Corcoran
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
December 9, 2020, 2:00pm EST, open defense.
Teams link available via the graduate student Learn page or by request.
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.