Universal Design (UD)
Universal Design is a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012).
We work collaboratively with owners, architects, interior designers, and building users at all stages of project planning, design, and post-occupancy to help you realize your Universal Design vision.
Goals of Universal Design (UD)
We evaluate all projects through the lens of the eight Goals of Universal Design:
Accommodating a wide a range of body sizes and abilities
Keeping demands within desirable limits of body function and perception
Ensuring that critical information for use is easily perceived
Making methods of operation and use intuitive, clear, and unambiguous
Contributing to health promotion, avoidance of disease, and protection from hazards
Treating all groups with dignity and respect
Incorporating opportunities for choice and the expression of individual preferences
Respecting and reinforcing cultural values and the social and environmental contexts of any design project
We have encapsulated years of evidence-based research into Design Resources that provide an overview of the current state of knowledge in various fields.
The isUD is comprised of over 500 Universal Design solutions derived from Goals of Universal Design and the Design Resources.
Full isUD Checklist
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See all of the ways we can help you engage in the Universal Design process!
Interested in learning more about Universal Design? Check out some of our recommended publications and online courses.