Interior Design Program


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A thesis presented to the faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Architecture, under the supervision of Professor Betsy Gabb. Lincoln, Nebraska: December 2014

Copyright 2014 Brittnie L Miller


The intent of this thesis is to provide an introductory guide for interior designers, homeowners, builders, and those interested in the concepts of universal design. It is tailored to the target markets of interior design and those within the ho using industry, but leaves an open conversation to create a relationship between the housing industry and homeowners.

Looking at the history of universal design and how it has evolved through the years will give readers a beginning point to start a comparison of the residential design standards and universal design measurements. Using the comparison, case studies will be reviewed and similarities will be found to show that universal design measurements and details can be implemented successfully. A compilation of measurements and recommendations begins the conversation between homeowners, designers, and others within the housing industry

Incorporating universal design into spaces can ensure a level of safety and accessibility to everyone. Laying out guidelines that are the standard and comparing them to the universal design measurements will connect the two to show how uncommon universal design is an d can be within a person’s home. Universal design guidelines can benefit all people regardless of the geographic region they live, their age or physical abilities.

Advisor: Betsy Gabb