Universal Design has been defined as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” This definition was developed by the architect Ron Mace, FAIA, an architect and the founder of the Center for Universal Design at N.C. State University. In recent years, architects and designers in the US and abroad have come to recognize significant and growing overlaps between Universal Design principles and emerging values of social and environmental sustainability.
During the 2011AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, representatives the AIA National Board of Directors and several AIA National Knowledge Communities, and TOTO USA Inc. came together to discuss what opportunities exist to promote Universal Design.
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