Experiential learning approach to barrier-free design in architectural education. A method involving different stakeholders, simulation, mapping, and creative design


Tijana Tufek-Memisevic


The paper presents a case study from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on experiential learning approach to accessibility, inclusion and universal design in architectural education in line with the global communities’ efforts in raising awareness and fostering education on the needs of persons with disabilities. The study is particularly relevant due to the fact that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and consequent safety measures amplified marginalization of people with disabilities. Bosnia and Herzegovina over the years failed to deliver on many basic principles signed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Although scientific stance in literature review is divided on the subject of disability simulation activities as education method, this paper argues in favor of experiential learning, provided that the activities are carefully conceptualized over an adequate time period and involve different stakeholders, including persons with disabilities. The study was conducted through three different frameworks: theoretical, practical and creative design process in collaboration between a higher-education institution, a clinical center, and a civic non-profit organization of people with disabilities. The workshop outcomes surpass documenting student attitudes towards the topic and provide site mapping for accessibility improvement interventions, creative design solutions in improving the quality of public space and public outreach activities.


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Tufek-MemisevicT. (2022) „Experiential learning approach to barrier-free design in architectural education. A method involving different stakeholders, simulation, mapping, and creative design”, Środowisko Mieszkaniowe, 37(37), s. 55-61. Dostępne na: https://housingenvironment.pk.edu.pl/srodowisko/article/view/480 (Udostępniono: 20styczeń2022).


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