Date of Award

Spring 4-2023

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

B.S. in Interior Design


Design and Innovation

First Advisor

Dustin Altschul

Second Advisor

Kimberly Buchholz


Nature impacts our lives in such a way that it can be incredibly detrimental to our health and wellbeing to be away from nature (1). Nature helps us heal faster, relax more, and just generally lead a more well-rounded life (2). It provides an opportunity to feel the sun on our face, breathe fresh air, and get the exercise we need. When deprived of these experiences, our bodies truly suffer (1). People with physical mobility limitations suffer from mental health issues at a much higher rate (3), this issue is often exacerbated by the fact that much of the built environment does not consider the needs of people with physical mobility limitations (4). This research focuses on the role that mental health plays in one’s life, and how strategies can be implemented within nature to help people with physical limitations gain the access needed to achieve mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. This project seeks to allow for barrier-free connection to nature as well as an accessible space to connect with friends and family. With the implementation of various strategies, this project sets a new standard for accessible indoor and outdoor spaces and brings to light a conversation about a brighter future for accessible design in everyday life.