Accessible Design: Top-of-Mind for Urban Design and M.Arch I Studio Students

Accessible Design: Top-of-Mind for Urban Design and M.Arch I Studio Students

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Accessible Design: Top-of-Mind for Urban Design and M.Arch I Studio Students

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Urban Design and M.Arch. 1 Studio students learned inclusive design challenges and insights from a unique perspective, as shared by guest lecturer, Ileana Rodriguez.

Ileana Rodriguez, a top Paralympic athlete on Team USA at the 2012 London Paralympic Games and an alumna of the FIU graduate architecture program, works with designers and architects around the world to advance thought and practice in the area of accessible design. 

Ileana’s personal challenges and global travels reinforced the message that fully inclusive design is only possible if considered in the early stages of design; something that needs to be top-of-mind at the onset of the build project. Ileana recommended the use of materials as wayfinding and shared her personal accounts of public spaces and cities that best illustrate an understanding of diversity and adaptive progress in mechanisms of design. In closing, Ileana shared that “Meeting code is expected but being inclusive is exceptional.

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