Promoting Universal Design in Architectural Education

"Although Universal Design is an internationally recognized way of thinking about the built environment, there is still a long way to go before user inclusion becomes a fundamental principle in all design. Education of future professionals is obviously one effective way to achieve this, but might be frustratingly slow if this is to take a new generation to become fully established. Identifying and finding ways of removing the barriers, attitudinal as well as physical, is then a priority area."

"Attitudes to disability have changed significantly in recent years, both in the public and professional domains, and continue to improve. But there can be no cause for complacency, especially in the design and provision of built environments for an inclusive future."

Harrison, J., Busby, K. & Horgan, L. (2015). Promoting Universal Design in Architectural Education. Universal Design in Education, Dublin, 12-13 November, 2015; 12 pages

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