Architecture (e.g., buildings and communal areas), however, has a substantial impact on quality of life. It can enhance or weaken one’s sense of belonging and safety, promote or inhibit one’s mobility, and strengthen or weaken one’s psychological and physical health and well-being. After all, we experience space differently depending on age, gender, culture, and types of physical and mental abilities.
Inclusive architecture is focused on addressing the needs of persons living with disabilities and neurodiverse persons. It promotes their engagement, agency, and their sense of belonging in organizations or public spaces. Inclusive designs are based the idea that space should reflect the diversity of its members and users.