Design for Sensory Well-being

Learn how research informs design implications to enhance sensory well-being for people with autism spectrum disorders or other atypical sensory processing.

Supported by
ASID Foundation

People with developmental disabilities process sensory stimuli in unique ways. For those with autism spectrum disorders, especially, atypical sensory processing can greatly impact their everyday lives. Become informed about current evidence regarding sensory processing and design implications to enhance sensory well-being. You will explore a recent case study of a sensory well-being hub for students with developmental disabilities installed at a public high school. You will gain a deep understanding of the design and research methods used to create this multi-sensory environment, and see how to apply the lessons learned in your own designs serving this population group. This course presents an overview and findings from research funded by the ASID Foundation Transform Grant on a winning 2020 Outcome of Design project by HKS, Inc.

What You Will Learn
  • Identify developmental disabilities and their associated sensory needs.
  • Describe general design implications for a multi-sensory environment.
  • Articulate design implications for sight.
  • Explain design implications for hearing.

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | CC-110287R1 (Your CEU will be reported on your behalf by ASID)
  • 1 AIA LU | ASIDSENSORY (AIA Members: Please contact to have your completion reported)

Related Content

Access period: One year from registration date.

Lisa Adams, NCIDQ

Principal, Senior Interior Designer, HKS, Inc.

Lisa Adams is a Senior Interior Designer and Principal at HKS. She partners closely with HKS Research to produce forward-thinking design solutions. She is one of the founding Steering Committee members of Citizen HKS, a consortium of design professionals within HKS working on public interest design projects. Lisa’s commercial and healthcare spaces have won awards both nationally and internationally. Lisa’s volunteer work in public interest design includes five years with Designs for Dignity. She currently sits on the DIFFA board and formerly sat on the board for The Right Livelihood Project. 

Giyoung Park, PhD, AIA

Senior Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.

Dr. Giyoung Park currently serves as a Senior Design Researcher at HKS Architects. Dr. Park is an environmental psychologist and registered architect. She has earned an M.Arch. degree from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Human-Environment Relations and a PhD in Human Behavior and Design degrees from Cornell University. Her research interests include environmental stress, social interaction, social capital, communication technologies and human wellbeing in relation to the built environment.

Jonathan Essary, Assoc. AIA

Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.

Jonathan Essary is an architectural design researcher, focused on digital fabrication, integrative computational design, and studying the impact of design. He works in HKS’ Research managing the HKS Lab and facilitating the exploration of design, prototyping, and technology implementation. He received his M. Arch I degree from the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture While attending UTA he was a graduate research assistant for the director, helped manage the digital fabrication lab, and assisted with computational design courses. He has led research on Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced-Concrete in a façade application and investigations for integrated computational design. 


Design for Sensory Well-being Welcome Video
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Please view this 29 second video for information on earning continuing education credit and course instructions. (THIS VIDEO HAS NO SOUND)
Part 1: Introduction, Objectives and Overview
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 10 minute video includes the course introduction, including an overview of autism spectrum disorders and other sensory processing issues of concern. (This video includes audio)
Part Two: Design Considerations for Sensory Well-being
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 5 minute video reviews considerations for sight, touch, sound, and natural elements. (This video includes audio)
Part Three: Case Study: Sensory Well-being Hub
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 22 minute video goes into detail on the design of the Sensory Well-being Hub installed at a public high school. (This video includes audio)
Part Four: Findings and Conclusion
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 14 minute video covers research methods and findings and applications for interior design practitioners. (This video includes audio)
Design for Sensory Well-being Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  12/15 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  12/15 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Design for Sensory Well-being Course Evaluation
9 Questions
9 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
Course Completion and Credit Certificate
Live Viewing: 1.00 CEU credit and certificate available
Live Viewing: 1.00 CEU credit and certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU and 1 AIA LU awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member. AIA Members: Upon completion, please notify, including your AIA member number, the course name, and date completed. We will report your completion to AIA on your behalf.