What is Universal Design?
Usability for all people.
Universal Design (UD) can be used as a verb or a noun. When used as a verb, it refers to the process of designing something to be functional as possible for as many people as possible. When used as a noun, it refers to a functionally inclusive design of something. Almost anything can be universally designed, but our focus is housing. Universal accessibility is the outcome of a successful universal design process.
The definition of universal design:
“Universal design is design that’s usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”–Ron Mace, 1985.
(Photos are of Ron, a late architect who had polio.)