Architectural Designer and Lecturer
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Meghan Dufresne is an architectural designer, writer, and lecturer at IHCD. She received an accelerated master’s in architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s in English with a minor in visual arts from Boston University. Her childhood experiences using a wheelchair have driven her interest in Universal Design.
Employed as the editor for the School of Architecture, she attended the University of Illinois on full scholarship. She has experience working on sustainable, institutional, healthcare, commercial, religious, laboratory, manufacturing, industrial, and residential projects. Her research into restroom design has been recorded in the Congressional Record and published in several publications, including the book Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender. One of her main design interests is in microclimatic design and developing strategies for blending architecture with the surrounding landscape. She has been published in Dwell online, taught at Suffolk University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Before going into architecture, she worked in the publishing and< educational industries, and was trained in writing, editing, medical writing, web site design, and graphic design.
Her projects at IHCD include: upgrades to accessible units at the Mission Park apartment complex; developing a single-family residence for formerly institutionalized adults with disabilities in Bucharest, Romania; working on accessibility analyses of Harvard Medical School, Stonehill College, and the City of Charlotte, NC; writing for the National Endowment for the Arts website; developing a course for the New England ADA Center on reading architectural drawings for accessibility; and monitoring construction for the state’s Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation.