Universal Design in Interior Architecture Education: The Case of Store Design





Universal design, store design, inclusive design, interior architecture education, diversity


Universal design is a user-focused designing approach that involves cultural, physical, mental and dimensional aspects and takes into account the needs of different personal characteristics. This study will analyze the resolutions for different personal characteristics in the design qualities of an apparel store designed by interior architecture students and then utilize the results to make suggestions for curriculum studies in which universal design embedded continuously. In terms of the different user characteristics, the study participants mainly focused on physical and visual disabilities, as well as older people and families with children. According to the participants, the most important issues to be attentive to when making interior space resolutions included reaching the shelves, disabled access ramps at the entrance, size of the circulation area, accessibility of the cashier counter, and size of the changing rooms. Another important issue related to the store design is aesthetic appeal. Serving as an indication of their concern for the commercial success of the store, the participants offered suggestions about the window display and the aesthetic quality of the store.


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Author Biographies

Sariye Selhan Yalçın Usal

S. Selhan Yalçın Usal is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at Haliç University, Istanbul. She received her PhD in Interior Architecture from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul in 2005. Her research interests include consuming design and space, universal design, gated communities and also interior design education. Usal has published many proceedings, articles and book chapters about her research areas.

Ayşe Nilay Evcil

A. Nilay Evcil is currently a Professor of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Beykent University. Her major research interests focus on urban design, quality of life in cities, design for all and designing for disabled, public spaces and accessibility, housing environments and gated communities. Dr. Evcil completed her Ph.D. degree in 2001, her MSc degree in 1996 and her BSc in 1992 in Istanbul Technical University. She has (co)/authored in many international scientific journals, conference papers and chapters in referreed books.


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How to Cite

Usal, S. S. Y., & Evcil, A. N. (2019). Universal Design in Interior Architecture Education: The Case of Store Design. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 7(2), 410–427. https://doi.org/10.15320/ICONARP.2019.92