Patterns have played a key role in design, have surprising histories, and both their uses and meanings have evolved over time.

In this learning unit, we will look at some popular patterns and trace their histories and evolution. We’ll also explore how patterns fulfill a multitude of functions, from creating a certain mood to helping people navigate through buildings.

Finally, this learning unit will explore trends in patterns today, including nature-inspired patterns that lower stress and contribute to occupant well-being.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history and development of patterns
  • Explain how patterns influence the built environment
  • Describe how patterns have changed and evolved over time
  • List some of the most popular patterns today