Showcasing Universal Design


Susan Ruptash


D5. Moving and showcasing Universal Design

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2014-06-17, 14:25 - 15:05


MA 7
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Quadrangle Architects is 100 person architecture and design firm in Toronto, Canada. When designing their new studio space, they took the opportunity to incorporate the principles of Universal Design in an integrated manner into the process and design of the new space. This case study explores the process of the design, the inclusive design features of the studio, the impact of the new space on the staff, clients and visitors and new opportunities for advocacy. The success of the design is evident in the user satisfaction for those working at Quadrangle, in the recognition the firm has received through tours, writing, speaking engagements and an international universal design award. The space continues to be used as a living lab by the accessibility specialists at Quadrangle to explore new ideas in universal design.