In our profiles on the winners of the Universal Design Awards 2019, we focus on Prashant Gade, a young innovator, who has developed a low cost prosthetic arm that is changing the lives of upper limb amputees.
Founder and managing principal of Seattle-based architectural consulting firm Studio Pacifica, Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, has earned the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for her significant contributions to accessible design. Here she responds to our architect’s version of the Proust questionnaire.
Open Call for Submissions: August 31 – December 30, 2016
The goal of the annual Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition is to create an opportunity for students across the United States to develop universally-designed spaces and products for which they will receive recognition. The Competition is in association with the Morton Kesten Summit, which is held every two years and features the latest developments in aging-in-place efforts by organizations and professionals from across the country.
To create an innovative design using the principles of Universal Design that support aging-in-place in one of two areas:
- Space: a) reconceptualize an existing kitchen/bath space; or b) create a brand new kitchen/bath space, or
- Product: develop a product/prototype that embraces and utilizes the ideas and principles of Universal Design for use at home.
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Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.