Universal Design - Beyond Regulations

Universal Design - Beyond Regulations

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11, 2012, 9:00 - 11:00 AM (2HSW)


Chris Palames will address the definition of Universal Design: the seamless integration of access features in the design of the built environment to benefit users of all ages and abilities. He will present four examples of best practices in Universal Design -- the Vietnam War Memorial, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the recently completed core building renovation at Greenfield Community College, and his own home designed by Bill Austin AIA.

George Balsley will speak more specifically about his experience designing for the deaf. He will outline his consulting work with various architects for their schools for the deaf projects and will discuss architecture and the deaf community. As a case study he will present a new school for the deaf recently completed in Rhode Island.

Chris Palames is the Executive Director of Independent Living Resources in Florence, MA. He has trained diverse audiences nationally on all titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Amendments Act. He has provided consultation on Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan development, access assessment and planning to the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, municipalities in Massachusetts and Connecticut and to public and private institutions of higher education. He has represented the Massachusetts Office on Disability on the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board and has served as a consulting policy analyst to the Center for Universal Design at the North Carolina State University School of Design.

George Balsley AIA is a Deaf and Universal Design expert who adds his unique personal experience and professional skill as a deaf architect to every project he works on. Active in the field of architecture for over 35 years, George' s diversified background includes residential, educational and commercial architecture. George acts as a consultant to other architects, guiding them with Deaf Design principles for school for the deaf projects along the East Coast. He recently received an Honor Award from AIA Maryland for his work on the Sorenson Language & Communications Center at Gallaudet University. He is employed with Steffian Bradley Architects in Enfield, CT.


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Universal Design - Beyond RegulationsWEDNESDAY APRIL 11, 2012, 9:00 - 11:00 AM (2HSW)PRESENTED BY: CHRIS PALAMES AND GEORGE BALSLEY…