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.

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...

GUDC Welcomes new board member Kathryn Gibbs – Facilities Management Director, Engineering (North America) at Merck & Co.

GUDC Welcomes new board member Kathryn Gibbs – Facilities Management Director, Engineering (North America) at Merck & Co.

Kathryn Gibbs started her career at Merck in 1992 as an assistant engineer in the Global Engineering Solutions (GES) organization managing laboratory projects on the Rahway, NJ Campus. Kathryn spent the next 15 years in GES managing a steady progression and variety of projects supporting labs and offices and large utility/infrastructure distribution projects in the Northeast Corridor, including capital project execution, technical and site support, and continuous improvement of related work practices. Kathryn has been responsible for the successful completion of over 5 million square feet and over $600 million. She has significant experience in campus and utility master planning.

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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


+1 (315) 443-2863