Global Universal Design Commission
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GUDC in Action


March 17, 2017

The UN must change in order to be relevant and to serve humanity. The world order of 1945 or before exists no longer. We must try to make the UN a new and vibrant organization that responds to the challenges of this new era. The lives of millions of refugees, migrants and ordinary citizens of every nation depend on it.

February 28, 2017

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and Associate Professor at American University, has been appointed to the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors. “The GUDC is excited to welcome Derrick Cogburn,” stated GUDC Chairman Peter Blanck. “He is an exceptional scholar and professor with deep knowledge in his many fields, and he will be an indispensable asset to the GUDC team.” 

February 13, 2017

It is our great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of Universal Design Management & AEC Professionals Circle to Universal Design Conference NYC, a multi disciplined gathering of educators, product and service innovators, built environment experts, decision makers and procurement officials interested in sharing knowledge and exploring innovative applications of Universal Design.

February 8, 2017

Shelley Siegel, founder of Universal Design & Education Network, has been appointed to the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors. GUDC Chairman Peter Blanck said, “The GUDC recently appointed the nationally-recognized architect Michael Perry to the board, and today we welcome expert interior designer Shelley Siegel.” Siegel’s appointment to the GUDC is reflective of the board’s broad focus on Universal Design, with its diverse membership of professionals working across industries and disciplines.

February 6, 2017

In November, Mike Rotella led a tour of progress at the Destiny Arms apartment complexin Syracuse, New York. The Destiny Arms project involves the renovation of a 110-year-old industrial building, not far from Destiny USA. Destiny Arms acts as one of GUDC’s “living laboratories” for the ongoing study of Universal Design. It is part of the GUDC’s work fostering a more universally accessible and usable world. 

January 26, 2017

Evangeline “Van” Cleage always has been a trailblazer. In 1956, Ebony Magazine noted that Cleage, who then was living in Los Angeles, was “the talk of fashion circles” for her progressive and innovative designs of casual clothing, and one of the very few African-American women in the business. She went on to shape the American fashion world in the Los Angeles and New York garment industries for more than 20 years.