Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders - Multi Award-Winning Book

The 2017 IDEC Book Award (Book Category) is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding book that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research, and education.

The 2017 EDRA Great Places Award seek to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research and practice; and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. 

The 2017 American Society of Interior Designers Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to interior design through print or digital communication. 

The 2016 International Interior Design Association TXOK Research Award celebrates outstanding, innovative Interior Design/Interior Architecture that encourages new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishings of interior spaces.

Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders explains the influence of the natural and man-made environment on individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other forms of intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD). 

Drawing on the latest research in the fields of environmental psychology and education, the authors show how architecture and interior spaces can positively influence individuals with neurodiversities by modifying factors such as color, lighting, space organization, textures, acoustics, and ventilation. Now you can design homes, therapeutic environments, work environments, and outdoor spaces to encourage growth and learning for the projected 500,000 children with ASD (in the United States alone) who are expected to reach adulthood by 2024.  Read more...

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About the Authors

Kristi Gaines is the Director of the Graduate Programs in Interior and Environmental Design at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design with collaterals in architecture and special education. Dr. Gaines has a combined 20 years of professional interior design and teaching experience.

Angela Bourne is an Interior Designer and Educator at Fanshawe College in Canada. Over her 30 plus years in the profession, she has kept current by regularly practicing interior design and most recently combined her PhD research in Environmental Design with her practice to form her holistic company, "Nero-Considerate Environments."

Michelle Pearson is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design Program at Texas Tech University. She received her PhD in Interior and Environmental Design. Her research focuses on built environments that promote health and wellness in children.

Mesha Kleibrink graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Interior Design and Master of Science in Environmental Design. She is an associate member of IIDA and currently works as an interior designer and analyst at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.