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Buildings  2012 

Client Briefing: Eliciting Design Preferences from Building Users with Communication Impairments

DOI: 10.3390/buildings2020083

Keywords: housing and social care, client briefing, innovative communication tools

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This paper reports on recent experience of engaging with building users who have communication difficulties, as a potential part of client briefing. The users were residents of a specialist Scottish Housing Association (HA) providing social housing and care services; the residents having a wide range of complex needs, predominantly learning difficulties. Many of these residents have communication difficulties, ranging from mild to very severe. The challenge presented was to effectively engage with a representative sample of residents to ascertain how they value their living environment. The researchers’ involvement was based on prior research into how different participants engage in the architectural design process.

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