Episode 13: Universal Design – Embracing the Diversity of Human Ability

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Universal design is an approach toward design which embraces the diversity of human ability. It’s a foundation upon which arts & culture organizations can build their facilities, perform their concerts, and design their exhibitions. Josh Safdie, a principal at Kessler McGuinness and Associates discusses design of environments, buildings, objects, and systems that work for people of all ages, abilities, and cultures.

Josh SafdieJosh Safdie, AIA is a Principal at Kessler McGuinness & Associates, where he directs accessibility planning and Universal Design projects in higher education, multi-family housing, health care, and historic preservation. Prior to joining KMA, Safdie was director of the studio at the Institute for Human Centered Design. He has received awards from the Boston Society of Architects, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, and Boston Preservation Alliance for projects merging preservation

and accessibility. He also serves as the co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects’ Access Committee. Safdie is a Visiting Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where his teaching was recognized with a 2013 Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship in Universal Design.

Check out Josh Safdie’s Universal Design Primer for Facilities. (PDF)

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