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. Through this course, you will become informed about current evidence regarding sensory processing and design implications to enhance sensory wellbeing. We will focus on a recent case study of a sensory wellbeing hub installed at a public high school in Chicago for students with developmental disabilities. You’ll 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 a study conducted by HKS, Inc., funded by an ASID Foundation Transform Grant.
- To be able to describe developmental disabilities and their sensory needs.
- To be able to describe general design implications for a multi-sensory environment.
- To be able to describe design implications for sight.
- To be able to describe design implications for hearing.
IDCEC Course Number: CC-110287; 1 CEU Note: ASID will report CEUs earned to IDCEC on your behalf.
AIA Course Number: ASIDSENSORY; 1 LU
Access period: One year from registration date.
Lisa Adams, NCIDQ
Principal, Senior Interior Designer, HKS, Inc.
Lisa Adams is an Associate Principal and Senior Vice President at HKS. She partners closely with the 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 5 years with Designs for Dignity that earned her a Spirit Award. She 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.