Section 3: Who are we designing for?


Pupils will consider different people’s needs and how our needs change depending who we are. It will also explore how different locations can impact on the type of housing. This session will result in an outline brief for their homes to inform design development.

Time needed

Approximately 45 mins.


Introduction and Video

Download and open the ‘HOF PowerPoint 3’ file.

Explain that villages, towns and cities are made up of lots of different types of people and communities who want and need different things from the places they live.

Discuss as a class how many types of houses can they think of? Are all houses built on land? Do all homes stand still? Are all houses the same size? Why do they think houses are different?

The video below may open up some ideas of houses that are different to the ones they may live in. You can choose to use this video to promote some conversation among the student’s to think about who they think would live there, why they might like to live there and where they think it would be.

If you cannot play the video in class, there is a picture on the PowerPoint slide that you can talk through as a group.

Activity 2: Introducing the people we’ll be designing for

Download and print the ‘HouseholdProfile_Images’, ‘HouseholdProfile_Examples’ and ‘Who lives in the house?’ sheets. There is an A3 and an A4 version of the ‘Who lives in the house?’ sheet. If you have an A3 printer we recommend you print this activity on A3.

Pupils will be considering the needs of different household / demographic profiles e.g. individual, family, students, groups. Each group will be designing for just one household e.g. small family, older couple. They will be considering the needs of the household they are designing for, and what will make their home unique.

Explain how different people and groups of people need different things from their homes; they could find climbing stairs difficult, may need to work from home, have a particular interest, or perhaps their homes even need to move around.

Distribute the household profile images and examples among the groups. The way you distribute these is up to you. You can let the groups select, assign at random or pull out of a hat. These profiles are not exhaustive; if you or a pupil have an idea of someone not featured on this list then they are welcome to create a design for them.

In their groups they will consider the needs of the people that they have been allocated, helping them to develop a people focused response to their design. Reiterate that we are thinking carefully about the themes of sustainability, so they should consider how their household and their lifestyles could contribute to this theme.

Pupils should pick one of the household images and circle some of the words that describe their household on the ‘household profile examples’ sheet to help them develop their profiles.

Reiterate that pupil’s will be designing with sustainability in mind. So any hobbies, interests and occupations of their household should reflect the ideas of how to use earth’s resources thoughtfully.

Pupils should then work in their teams to fill out their ‘Who lives in our house?’ profile sheet. If they need more space they can continue onto another sheet of paper.

Pupils should be encouraged to complete the activity with a mixture of words and drawings.

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