Global Universal Design Commission


Through design, the GUDC is increasing:
usability, safety, health, and social participation

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Explore the GUDC


The GUDC certifies buildings, commercial and residential developments, and products that meet Universal Design standards. 

Case Studies

View some of the most recent Universal Design projects that we have certified around the world.

GUDC Board

Meet the illustrious Universal Design professionals who comprise our board.

The GUDC in Action

Read the latest news and updates from our members, partners, and throughout the world of Universal Design.

Peter Blanck presents, Inclusivity in Sustainable Design: Global Universal Design Commission – How architecture can transcend accessibility, innovate and serve all

Join us for a look at the essential role of inclusivity in design through the lens of innovation as we explore how the sustainable future of inclusivity embraces global universal design principles. The highlight discussion will focus on insights, design details and a critical paradigm shift towards implementation. Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission, Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., will share the universal design principals that allow the design and development of buildings and environments to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for retrofitting or specialized design.

Stories of Transformation

First-person accounts on how universal design has changed lives. Available as part of the Universal Design in Life and Work Podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts. Episodes include: Dr. Miriam Begnum gives us her perspective on what...

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Global Universal Design Commission

Global Universal Design Commission, Inc., (GUDC) a not-for-profit corporation, was established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services.



Physical Address

Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (GUDC)
Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
950 Irving Avenue
Dineen Hall, Suite 446
Syracuse, New York 13244-2130