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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...

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.

Universal Design with Rosemarie Rossetti

Universal Design with Rosemarie Rossetti

On this episode, Rosemarie Rossetti, PhD, joins Josh and Toby to talk about universal design. Find out what it is and why it's important to travel and tourism, and some simple steps to bringing universal design into your home, hotel or business. Rosemarie is a...

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



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