At a global conference Oct. 24-26 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, University Professor Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, and key partners will highlight how the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) is leading an unprecedented effort to build support for the voluntary adoption of universal design (UD). Created to widen the concept of accessibility, the UD principles transcend the disability universe, considering other populations with needs, such as aging baby boomers.
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The Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), a not-for-profit corporation established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services, has announced the appointment of James Schmeling as its interim executive director. Schmeling is managing director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, which he co-founded. He will coordinate collaboration between these and other organizations to benefit stakeholders.
Edward H. Steinfeld, ArchD., AIA, founding board member of Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (“GUDC”) and award-winning professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo (“UB”) School of Architecture and Planning, as well as the Founding Director of UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (“IDeA Center”) will receive UB’s second annual Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence from University President John B. Simpson in recognition of his remarkable contributions to design practices and design-related policy.
Luis Gallegos, Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States and Honorary Chair of Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (“GUDC”), was recognized by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for his activism in the defense and promotion of human rights. This distinction, the first to be awarded by the Chamber to a foreign ambassador, highlights Gallegos’ extraordinary international work for the rights of persons living with disabilities.
SU's Peter Blanck named chairman of board
Jaime Winne Alvarez
Peter Blanck, University Professor and chair of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI), has been named chairman of the board of directors for the new Global Universal Design Commission Inc. (GUDC). The commission, a nonprofit organization and collaboration supported in part by BBI, brings together some of the most knowledgeable and influential people in the areas of accessible design and legislation.
I take his development to be a positive sign. This announcement was in my Inbox when I got home today:
The Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) is a new non-profit organization that has been established to promote the adoption of universal design. It is modeled after the Green Building Council which has played an important role in increasing adoption of sustainable design practices in the building industry. Our intent is to address the need for greater usability in buildings in response to many social trends, e.g. the aging of society, globalization and social diversity.