Raising the Bar within the Design
Dramatic shifts in demographics are taking place throughout the world and the design community, as a whole, is not keeping pace. Lack of emphasis on inclusive design during the educational process is causing a ripple effect that permeates every facet of residential design. While standardized building codes are in place to insure minimum accessibility in public spaces, little to no thought has been given to these same considerations in single-family homes, thereby limiting home ownership options for any family comprised of individuals with varying degrees of physical aptitude.
By altering the language used for this area of design, we can begin to de-stigmatize the concept and advance a willingness to learn more about the advantages and rewards of practicing inclusivity in all of our built environments. Education must begin in our design institutions and professional building associations while simultaneously extending into the public realm by way of targeted audiences if we are to gain widespread acceptance of inclusive design solutions.
Kimberly J. Albritton, Allied ASID, CAPS
Focus Design Services