Advanced Room Numbering

Podcast Ferdinand Meyer V


What you will learn

Based on past tradition and present issues, what room number structures work best for what type of facilities? This course focuses on three building types where numbering is a critical issue: airports, hospitals, and office complexes. However, the conventions can apply to almost any building type.

Designers and planners do not have to be mutually exclusive: this talk teaches designers the essentials to help them organize room numbering for any project, while always keeping the experience of users in mind. Ferdinand Meyer, Charleen Catt Lyon, and Ben Goodman discuss projects they have worked on and the key considerations to take into account when doing room numbering. 


  • Understanding physical and psychological factors that influence a user’s ability to understand room numbering
  • Security considerations in room numbering for corporate facilities
  • The drawbacks of architectural numbering
  • User-friendly sequential numbering
  • Making room numbering
  • Room numbering for corporate, healthcare, convention, and sports facilities
  • The intersection of numbering and naming   
  • Accommodating future expansions
  • Successful wayfinding using room numbering
  • Numbering for transportation


Questions Answered

  • Do you find you have to “speak a different language” when talking about room numbering—do you find yourself taking on the mantle of a planner? Or do you think it is possible to keep your traditional role as strictly a designer? 


Course Materials

  • This course contains 1 podcast with 4 accompanying PDF presentations.



  • Approximately 75 minutes




Presented May 24, 2005

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