Kitchen Planning for the Generations

Kitchen Planning for the Generations

Course Description

Appliance technologies and the kitchen's place in the home have changed drastically over the past twenty years. Modern kitchens have grown in size and are now the heart of the home for entertaining, dining and working. Many times there are several people cooking at the same time. Given these scenarios, it is important to consider the entire range of users, from young children to the elderly. In this course we will discuss how kitchen planning can serve the needs of three generations, from Generation Y (aka Millennials) to the Baby Boomers. We will focus on how these groups differ in their vision of how a kitchen should function, style preferences, appliance requests, acceptance or integration of technology into the space, and universal design.

AIA/NKBA Credit: 1 LU *
Posted: June 2015
Sponsor: Jenn-Air
Subjects: Kitchens
Cost: Free of Charge
* Quiz required for AIA

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the evolution of the kitchen and family structure over time.
  2. Identify the three generations that currently use kitchens the most.
  3. Examine how each generation expects the kitchen to function and how they will use the space, including the style, appliance andtechnology preferences of each generation.
  4. Discuss how universal design can benefit all users in the kitchen.

Launch Course