Innovative Solutions for Universal Design

Session Title: Innovative Solutions for Universal Design
Educational Track: Innovation
Session Code: TH0719
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

This program encourages architects and designers to think differently about how their projects can help improve human performance, health and wellness, and social participation of a diverse population through eight goals of Universal Design. 

Participants will solve sample architectural problems, engage in a discussion on how Universal Design can become a part of good architecture practice by default, and will hear case studies of companies implementing Universal Design including a major fortune 50 company, the YMCA, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and Uniland development. 

The program also introduces a new resource for designers, innovative solutions for Universal Design, an online web portal that allows designers to select from a list of over 500 universal design solutions, and to track progress toward meeting universal design goals.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the goals, benefits and business case for Universal Design,
  • Explain how Universal Design enables equitable access and enhances the human experience beyond basic accessible design professions of building codes,
  • Identify specific Universal Design strategies for improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of building users,
  • Solve design problems related to human performance, health and well ness and social participation of populations typically marginalized by design practices.

Content Leader:

Jonathan White, AIA

Director of Accessibility Consulting, University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning, Buffalo, NY