specialty journal of architecture and construction
Learning from architects’ mistakes, a case study of three female students residence halls
1- Azadeh Eshaghi 2- Fatemeh Khozaei
: For years and years design precedents have been used as sources of inspiration for designers. Beside the positive aspects of design precedents, they could be considered as examples of architects’ mistakes in design. The current study attempts to analyze design of three female residence halls, from a university in southern part of Iran in order to specify the negative aspects of their design. A typical floor plan of each residence hall was analyzed. It was found that in all of these three residence hall the architects have overlooked needs and requirements of disabled students, there is no lobby or gathering space for meeting of students and their visitors, some of rooms do not have any balcony or the width of balcony is too small to be used. In addition, it was found that none of these residence halls have a storage room for unused stuffs of students which all are very essential for assuring the quality of life in residence halls. Finally, several recommendations are made for design of female residence halls.