Multigenerational design is a growing trend in architecture and interior design. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, facilities must accommodate by becoming more inclusive.

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design were developed to outline the baseline requirements needed to make a facility accessible to people with disabilities. Although adhering to the minimum requirements of ADA can improve accessibility, exceeding these requirements to achieve multigenerational design maximizes accessibility and inclusivity.

Multigenerational design merges a number of social issues, design philosophies, and facility considerations including universal design, accessibility, specialized equipment, maintenance, sustainability, privacy, health and safety, hygiene and aging in place.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze multigenerational demographics and social trends affecting public restroom design.
  • Identify privacy solutions for achieving inclusive restroom design.
  • Examine accessibility solutions that extend beyond minimum ADA requirements.
  • Describe the needs of special needs and bariatric users and provide relevant design solutions.
  • Identify hygiene-related considerations across multiple user types.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of ADA standards as they apply to multigenerational design