Make sensitive design the norm

Design for all

Architects don't just design structures, they build spaces for people and ideas. As a mirror to society, architecture should be more sensitive and inclusive. Sustainable and sensitive design should not remain a concept or a novel idea, but should instead be intrinsic to architectural design. Through this module, learn, internalize and understand inclusivity and gender-sensitivity, paving the way for better design.

Course curriculum

    1. What is Universal Design?

    2. Introduction

    3. The Concept of Inclusion

    4. Assignment - Identify the correct scenario

    5. Equality, Equity and Inclusion - Did you get it right?

    6. Design- For Whom?

    7. Read more to Learn More (Links)

    8. Read More to Learn More (Downloadable)

    1. Introduction to Gender Neutral Design

    2. What is gender neutral design?

    3. Assignment- Reflect

    4. Dual Nature of Public Spaces

    5. Six Issues of the Built Environment

    6. Checklist for Public Spaces

    7. Gender Mainstreaming in Public Spaces

    8. Studies and Theories on Gender and Public Spaces

    9. Inferences and Summary

    10. Read More to Learn More

    11. Read More to Learn More (Downloadable)

    12. Assignment (Implement Your Learnings)

    1. Women architects and site conditions

    2. Uncondition with Swati Janu

    3. Nandini Sampath and Brinda Somaya: The story of two architects

    4. Site Conditions with Architect Takbir Fatima and Interior Designer Abeer Fatima of DesignAware

    5. Read More to Learn More (Links)

    1. Conclusion

    1. Student Orientation

    2. Site and Research (Pre-Study)

    3. DKYD_Student Orientation

    4. Session 01 - 19th August

    5. Session 02- 20th August

    6. Research, Insights and Design Brief

    7. Session 03

    8. Final Solution- Draft

    9. Session 04

    10. Final Submissions

About this course

  • Free
  • 36 lessons
  • 11 hours of video content

What will this course help you do?

  • Understand

    Know more about design processes that enable. Identify the shortcomings of design and how to mitigate them

  • Analyze

    Analyze your own context, thought processes and methodologies and how you can apply the knowledge you have gained

  • Build

    Design and build more sensitive and inclusive architecture

Why should you take this course?

Through Know Your Rights, you have came to know about problems, provisions and laws. Through this course, understand what you, as a designer can do about it.

  • You want to design for the people

  • You want to create better spaces for everyone

  • You want to learn more about universal design and inclusive design

Designers Know Your Duty II

Live studio with Michael Foley of Foley Design Studio

Join this live collaborative studio and know more about how designers can make a strong impact on the world around us.

Here's the treasure trove that awaits you

19 | 20 | 27 August and 3 September 2021

  • 4 live sessions where you can interact directly with Michael Foley

  • Be a part of a short design studio which includes a small scale intervention to make transportation hubs more gender neutral

  • Get the chance to present and get feedback from Michael Foley himself!

Be an active part of the journey!

Observation is good, Participation is better.

While a lot of students will be able to watch and observe the live session with Michael Foley of Foley Design Studio, we are giving a few the chance to interact and be a part of an engaging discussion on gender neutrality and inclusive design! Fill up the google form linked below and tell us why you want to be a part of this initiative, and you can be on this side of the conversation. Limited seats available, so fill it up now!


  • I am a novice into the field of architecture, and I am still learning about design. Should I still take up this course?

    This is the perfect time for you to enrol! Learn about and include sensitive design practices in your thought processes from the get-go. The course employs simple, easy-to-understand language and basics of architecture, to make it accessible and understandable to anyone who wishes to learn.

  • Will this course include technical, legal and tangible solutions to problems such as bylaws, standards and more?