Inclusive Design

Inclusive Design Graduate Research students during a project review.

Inclusive Design is design for all. A global movement that seeks to improve the usability of environments, products and systems for the widest range of people, it is based on the principles of social justice. 

Inclusive Design is one of the most important design movements of this era because its emphasis is on empowering the average citizen.The Inclusive Design Graduate Research Group focuses on design processes grounded in democratic values of non-discrimination, equal opportunity and personal empowerment.

We provide both a theoretical and working knowledge of Inclusive Design, focused on environments, products, and systems for a wider range of people, especially those in underserved populations. The curriculum includes a sequence of required courses supplemented by electives and workshops that provide both a theoretical and working knowledge of Inclusive Design. Along with a core curriculum, students work with faculty mentors to develop individualized programs of study that reflect their specific interests. 

Faculty members working in the group are associated with the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center),a leading site for design, service, education and dissemination activities related to inclusive design. Led by SUNY Distinguished Professor Edward H. Steinfeld, an international pioneer in his field, the IDeA Center is an unparalleled resource for students interested in making the world a better place for all.  

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Edward H. Steinfeld is a pioneer and leading scholar in the field of universal design, or "design for all." His Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access has generated widely adopted research tools, products and design standards.
Beth Tauke is Associate Dean in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo - State University of New York, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, and Project Director in the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA), the leading research center on universal design in the built environment in the U.S.
Kenneth S. MacKay, AIA has more than twenty years of experience in teaching architectural design studios, professional practice and building systems integration.
Korydon Smith is professor in the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, theory, and methods.
Despina Stratigakos is a historian and writer interested in the intersections of architecture and power. Her latest book, Hitler at Home, investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity.
Sue Weidemann, PhD, is an environmental psychologist who, for over 35 years, has studied the relationships between people and the places and spaces they use, through her research, teaching, and consulting.