Universal Design 2017 Conference|NYC

is brought to you by Universal Design Management and AEC Professionals Circle.

Call For Speaker Proposals

New York City
Coming March 09 2017

We are accepting presentation proposals for the Universal Design 2017 Conference NYC. Submit yours or nominate someone today! This is an exciting opportunity for you to share new ideas, experiences, developments or projects that can accelerate accessibility, universal and inclusive design for environments and products.

Our goal is to foster conversations and innovate ideas among technology, education, government, healthcare, architecture and design. By stepping out of our comfort zone, we will be able to better build on existing ideas, and find inspiration in unlikely places.

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Engage in the conversation and be inspired

There is no other opportunity in New York City where one can engage in the Universal Design conversation. Changing demographics is changing the landscape of design. With limited resources and human diversity – functionality and sustainability has become fundamental when creating social inclusion. We have begun this conversation and we welcome you to join us!

Universal Design 2017 Conference – New York City is a wide-ranging conference encompassing everything universal/inclusive design and how it will benefit people, communities and the planet. Universal Design Management and AEC Professionals Circle are bringing together thought leaders of the Universal Design approach from interior design, architecture, building and construction, marketing, product manufacturing, education and government industries. The combination of these platforms is a huge opportunity for businesses to learn, engage and grow.

Get involved

By becoming involved, this single day conference gives you the opportunity to market directly and connect with potential clients, have face-to-face conversations, and provide live demonstrations to a wide and interested audience in New York City.

This connection is key. You and your company will be viewed as a knowledgeable company keeping up with social needs. Network and converse about ideas, research, solutions and grow your business that will keep you ahead of future design standards.

Through this NYC Conference, we hope to bring all those with similar interest – across all facets – together under one roof, if only for one day to develop greater awareness of Universal Design and all that it has to offer.

Advisory Board

Dr. Peter Blanck

Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University Chairman, GUDC Board of Directors Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University Global Universal Design Commission, Inc., (GUDC)
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Dr. Peter Blanck

Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University Chairman, GUDC Board of Directors Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University Global Universal Design Commission, Inc., (GUDC)

Dr. Peter Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted to only eight prior individuals in the history of the University. He is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Blanck holds appointments at the Syracuse University Colleges of Law, of Human Services and Health Professions, and of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse, Blanck was Kierscht Professor of Law and director of the Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center at the University of Iowa.

Additionally, Blanck is Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), and President of Raising the Floor (RtF) USA. He is a former member of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a former trustee of YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network, a former Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program, a former Fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and has been a Mary Switzer Scholar.

Patricia Moore

Internationally renowned gerontologist and designer
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Patricia Moore

Internationally renowned gerontologist and designer

“Mother” of Universal design

Patricia Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For a period of three years, Moore traveled throughout the USA and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age. Moore was been named by ID Magazine as one of The 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world and was selected, by a consortium of news editors and organizations, as one of The 100 Most Important Women in America. ABC World News featured Moore as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium.

John Salmen, AIA, CAE

President of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. (UD&C)
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John Salmen, AIA, CAE

President of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. (UD&C)

John Salmen, AIA is a licensed architect who has specialized in barrier free and Universal Design for morethan 35 years. He is president of Universal Designers & Consultants Inc., an accessibility consulting firm he founded in1991 that specializes in the field of designing environments to be usable by people of all ages and abilities, to thegreatest extent possible.

Salmen is one of the leading experts in the technical aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and aninternational leader in the field of Universal Design. Salmen has authored several books including: AccessibleArchitecture, The Do-Able Renewable Home, Accommodating All Guests and Everyone’s Welcome, and is the publisher of theinternationally acclaimed newsletter Universal Design Newsletter. He has presented hundreds of Universal Design andaccessibility seminars, as well as keynote addresses throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.

Jim Muellar

Industrial Designer Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
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Jim Muellar

Industrial Designer Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Jim Mueller is an industrial designer with more than 20 years of experience in assistive technology, disability management, and universal design. He is recognized as one of the most experienced practitioners and advocates of universal design – design for people of all ages and abilities – and is one of the authors of the 7 Principles of Universal Design. His clients have included Federal and State agencies, private employers, disability insurers, and product manufacturers.

Jim regularly presents his work in local, regional, and national conferences of rehabilitation professionals, designersfacility managers, and people with disabilities. He also conducts training programs for private businesses and publiagencies on the subjects of disability management, job accommodation, and Universal Design. He has produced several bookand videotapes on the subjects of assistive technology, disability management, and universal design and has contributed tteaching publications and journals by Design Management Institute, Harvard Business School, and Industrial Designers Societof America.

Finn Petren

President of Design for All Sverige Owner of Finn Petrén Form Funktion Immediate Past President (2007-2013), EIDD Design for All Europe Design for All Sverige Finn Petrén Form & Funktion
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Finn Petren

President of Design for All Sverige Owner of Finn Petrén Form Funktion Immediate Past President (2007-2013), EIDD Design for All Europe Design for All Sverige Finn Petrén Form & Funktion

Finn Petren has a M.A. in sociology and philosophy from the University of Stockholm 1971. For almost thredecades, 1977-2004, he worked for the Nordic Council of Ministers, the governmental cooperation between Denmark, FinlandIceland, Norway and Sweden, creating and developing numerous Nordic bodies, programmes and projects on disability relateissues. During this period he was also a member of several expert groups within the European Commission. On thinternational level he had a major role in the work leading up to the UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunitiefor Persons with Disabilities in 1993.

Being one of the leaders in the development of the Design for All concept since the early 1990s Finn Petrén became a member of the EIDD Design for All Europe Board of Directors in 2001, Vice-President in 2003 and President 2007-2013. He is also a founder member of the Swedish member organisation Design for All Sverige and its President since 2004. Since 2005 he has been running his own strategic design consultancy Form &am; Funktion, including work as an international consultant, keynote speaker and lecturer in more than 30 countries on topics related to the strategic use of design for social development and innovation.

Edward Steinfeld ArchD, AIA

Director, IDEA Center http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/
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Edward Steinfeld ArchD, AIA

Director, IDEA Center http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/

Edward Steinfeld ArchD, AIA is a registered architect and gerontologist with special interests in universal design, accessibility and design for the lifespan. He is a Distinguished SUNY Professor of Architecture and Director of the IDeA Center. Dr. Steinfeld has directed over 35 sponsored research projects, including three cycles of the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment and two cycles of the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation. He is a member of the ICC/ANSI 117.1 and the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Advisory Committees, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. He has over 100 publications and 3 patents.

Many of his publications are considered key references in the fields of accessible and universal design. He is internationally known for his research and has travelled widely to lecture in many countries. He has received many awards, including the James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium, and a Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He is a frequent consultant to federal and state agencies, building owners, and attorneys, and he has designed several buildings that are home to many people with severe disabilities. He is a member of RESNA and has served on the Board of Directors.

Esther Greenhouse

Esther Greenhouse, LLC www.esthergreenhouse.com
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Esther Greenhouse

Esther Greenhouse, LLC www.esthergreenhouse.com

Esther Greenhouse is an environmental gerontologist—a specialist in the impact of the built environment on older adults. She is a nationally recognized expert on Universal Design and Aging in Place. A catalyst for change, Ms. Greenhouse applies the Enabling Design Paradigm in her work with communities as they evolve to meet the needs of both seniors and younger generations, resulting in successful age-friendly and multigenerational places. An award-winning and enthusiastic instructor and speaker, Esther advises clients to view the built environment as a missing variable in public health, infrastructure, and social services. This is the key to enabling greater independence and well-being.  Esther served on the American Planning Association’s Aging in Community Policy Guide Task Force, co-authoring the Housing, Zoning, and Transportation sections, has written portions of the Livable NY Resource Manual, and teaches the NAHB/AARP Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses (for which she was awarded CAPS of the Year). Her innovative perspective has resulted in invitations to contribute to the book Independent for Life, the 4-part PBS series “Design for a Lifetime”, and the design of the nation’s first elder-focused emergency department.

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