ARC 624 - Practicing Inclusive Design

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This course will provide experience in the use of key tools for the implementation of universal design. The course will focus on a certification program for universal design of buildings developed by the IDeA Center: Innovative Solutions for Universal Design, or isUDTM

Students will study the isUD program, learn how to use it for evaluation of buildings and design activites. They will also contribute to knowledge translation efforst by preparing resources for expanding the isUD website by developing new solutions, research articles and best practices. Site visits to universally designed buildings will be included. The course will be organized using a problem centered learning approach. Methods of knowledge translation from research to design will be taught through a set of design challenges related to topical issues. Student teams will conduct research, share their knowledge through in-class presentations, develop design strategies, and apply the strategies through design exercises.


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.

Eligibility: graduate / architecture

Prerequisite: Design for Inclusive Environments