Higher education student populations are becoming increasingly diverse. Designers must be aware of differences across the range of human abilities and ensure associated considerations in space planning and design. The utilization and consideration of a universal design perspective for physical spaces is critical in making SFU welcoming, inclusive and accessible to all.


  • Provide surfaces with varying heights throughout a space. Surfaces include reception desks, work surfaces and tables situated in dining areas to name a few.
  • Provide varied seating in terms of height and width throughout a space.
  • Consider electrically-powered or motion sensor activated devices for door openings, power switches as well as facilities such as toilets or facets.
  • Incorporate provisions for floor gradients (i.e. hand rails, nearby seating areas).
  • Consider way-finding in the space or building (i.e. ensure clear and large signage, incorporate audio, surface and or tactile supports).
  • Incorporate accessible washrooms (i.e. gender neutral signage, or single stall washrooms)