IHCD News

IHCD Welcome's New Board Members

John Czajkowski

John Czajkowski

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, John Czajkowski came to Boston in 2013 to become the Executive Dean for Administration at Harvard Medical School (HMS).  As Executive Dean, he managed the day-to-day operations of the medical school, and was responsible for finance, human resources, information technology, buildings and facilities, and other central support functions.  Year after year, HMS is rated the top medical school in the world, and its 110-year-old campus is the hub of the Boston's Longwood Medical Area.  Mr. Czajkowski brings considerable operational expertise, and years of practical experience that will be valuable to the Board and the Institute as a whole.

Prior to that, he had a 27-year career in the Federal government.  Most recently, he was the Deputy Director for Management of the National Cancer Institute, the largest of NIH's institutes and centers.  He also held executive positions in the Treasury Department and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  He is an active musician and an ordained minister, and he and his wife Jenny have four adult children

Jennifer Otitigbe

Jennifer Otitigbe

Jennifer Otitigbe is an expert in product development practices having worked in all aspects of new product development from concept development to product launch. She currently practices User Experience Design at the MathWorks, where she specializes in human-centered design of software for complex systems. Prior to this role, Jennifer was a staff member at the Institute for Human Centered Design where she worked initially as a Project Manager and then progressed to serve as the Director of User Experience and Research.

Throughout her career, she has worked at the intersections of disciplines because of her belief that it's at the intersections of thought that innovation is found.  Jennifer is a graduate of Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and earned a master in science at Stanford University.  She lives in Boston.

Fourth Annual MEDED Facilities

Boston, World Trade Center - April 4 & 5

Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to Sponsor Educational Sessions

http://mededboston.com

ADA Standards for Accessible Design:

What Medical Centers Need to Know

Presenters: Kathy Gips, Director of Training

                     Stacy Hart, Technical Assistance Specialist,

                     IHCD's New England ADA Center

Drawing from our work with Boston-based medical centers, we will discuss key aspects of the ADA Standards that are confusing or often overlooked. Do you know which of the following needs to be wheelchair accessible: sinks in exam rooms,  sinks in cafeteria kitchens, sinks in laboratories and/or sinks in employee break areas? Do all single-user toilet rooms need to be accessible or just a percentage? We will review the U.S. Access Board's accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment and the Department of Justice's guidance for design of medical facilities.

Human-Centric Lighting: What does it mean and how do we provide it in practice?

Presenter: Patricia Rizzo, MSc, IES, LEED AP

                     Senior Lighting Applications Developer

                     Lighting Solutions and Services (LSS)

                     Philips Lighting Research North America

Human-centric lighting is lighting devoted to enhancing vision, wellbeing and performance individually or in some combination. As such, human-centric lighting must consider the effects of light exposure on both visual and non-visual aspects of human physiology in a lighting design - and lighting design is increasingly called upon to support circadian, or non-visual, needs for users across societal segments. Home or hospital, office or classroom, recognition that disruption of 24hr rhythms can impact mood, alertness and performance presents new challenges to development and deployment of lighting systems. The awareness and scientific evidence that people need the right light at the right time for their health and wellbeing has grown considerably in recent years. As such human-centric lighting starts to play an essential role in creating environments that look beyond illumination. This presentation will look at the broad umbrella of human-centric lighting, explain circadian light, show examples of application techniques, and look at the tools and technologies available to support both.

Welcoming campuses: Wayfinding that Works for Everyone

Moderator: Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, IHCD

Presenter: Ruth Super, Associate AIA, LEED AP

                   IHCD's Universal Design Wayfinding Specialist

During a time when attracting students and cultural, gender and social divisions are pressing issues in higher education, wayfinding often takes a back seat  or is an afterthought in the design of a campus or facility. Super, IHCD's Universal Design Wayfinding Specialist, will present on how a multi-sensory approach to the design of a comprehensive wayfinding system can go a long way in setting a welcoming, inviting and user-friendly tone.  By balancing extensive research with a focus on design decision-making she shows how to achieve design that not only facilitates learning, but design that also communicates that all students, staff and visitors are welcomed and supported. Super's session begins with a look at the wayfinding needs that are innate in all of us. It focuses on the different audiences and their journeys through facilities, laying out the design and behavior issues that need to be considered, including planning for arrival, orientation on site, exterior wayfinding, interior wayfinding, and user participation in facility design, and more.

Comprehensive Analysis of Accessibility Compliance as a Tool for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Two Case Studies

Presenters: Valerie Fletcher, IHCD Executive Director

                     Neda Norouzi, B.Env.D, M.Arch, MURP, PhD

                     Campus Design and Planning, Virginia Tech

The 'new normal' includes a higher proportion of atypical students who may be older, international students or immigrants, veterans, have families, and are more likely to pursue an education that is a hybrid of traditional live classes and distance learning. At the same time, the prevalence and profile of disability in college and university communities is changing. Staff and faculty have a higher proportion of people over 55 and students with disabilities are predominantly presenting - whether disclosing a disability or not - with brain-based conditions or chronic health conditions. "Just tell me what I have to do" isn't enough.

Fletcher will use a case study of a comprehensive consultation in Atlanta to illustrate how to:  

  • Understand current expectations for public and private entities under ADA, Fair Housing, and state accessibility codes.
  • Understand the value of considering compliance as a floor and committing to  enhanced usability and inclusive design to improve performance and well-being for everyone.
  • Learn to unravel the distinct challenges of evaluating "program accessibility" as the means to prioritizing facility renovations.
  • Appreciate the multiple strategies that make sense for evaluating accessibility for the out of doors.
  • Learn to assess how to plan for building organizational capacity that will support reliable performance after the consultation is completed.
Jan 1, 2017

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Nearly 20 years ago two architects, one in the US and one in the UK, who’d both acquired functional limitations due to polio, developed an idea about people at the center of the design process. Ron Mace and Selwyn Goldsmith were clear. Universal/inclusive design was not baseline accessibility about people with disabilities but rather a transformational and dynamic design strategy for our time that built on a floor of access. They saw human diversity of ability, age, and culture as definitive of life today and called for concerted leadership to invest in design that makes this new reality work. The demographic facts have only gotten starker. The concepts are more familiar but sustainable visionary practice is, at best, scattered. Fletcher will offer a strategy to spur holistic action for inclusive design that’s practical but energizing, that demands engagement by clients, designers, and users. And she’ll illustrate success with global examples of methods and results.

Nov 29, 2016
Elaine Ostroff
 
Co-Foundar and former Executive Director Elaine Ostroff’s papers have just been made available at the Smithsonian archives:

Guide to the Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers

Biographical Note

Elaine Phillips Ostroff was born on February 27, 1933 and grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. She graduated from Durfee High School (1951), received a B.S. from Brandeis University (1955), was awarded a Radcilffe Fellowship (1970) and an Ed.M from Harvard University (1972). In 1978, Ostroff co-founded with Cora Beth Abel the Adaptive Environments Center (now the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to confront the barriers which prevent persons with disabilities and older people from fully participating in community life. In 1989, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, she developed the national Universal Design Education Project (UDEP) at Adaptive Environments. A national project, UDEP sought to incorporate universal design in professional curriculum. Ostroff coined the term "user/expert" in 1995 to identify individuals whose personal experiences give them unique critical capacity to evaluate environments...

 

Co-Foundar and former Executive Director  Elaine Ostroff’s papers have just been made available at the Smithsonian archives:
Guide to the Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers

Biographical Note

Elaine Phillips Ostroff was born on February 27, 1933 and grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. She graduated from Durfee High School (1951), received a B.S. from Brandeis University (1955), was awarded a Radcilffe Fellowship (1970) and an Ed.M from Harvard University (1972). In 1978, Ostroff co-founded with Cora Beth Abel the Adaptive Environments Center (now the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to confront the barriers which prevent persons with disabilities and older people from fully participating in community life. In 1989, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, she developed the national Universal Design Education Project (UDEP) at Adaptive Environments. A national project, UDEP sought to incorporate universal design in professional curriculum. Ostroff coined the term "user/expert" in 1995 to identify individuals whose personal experiences give them unique critical capacity to evaluate environments.

 

Nov 16, 2016
Gallaudet University, Malcolm Reading Consultants and Hall McKnight
 
 
Gallaudet University, and its development partner, The JBG Companies, announced November 15, 201that Hall McKnight, an award-winning architectural practice from Belfast, Ireland, has won the Gallaudet University International Design Competition.
 
This announcement is the culmination of a three-stage design competition, run by the London-based specialists Malcolm Reading Consultants, which sought to identify the most innovative design team capable of redefining the university's urban edge as a vibrant, mixed-use, creative and cultural district.The winner's vision was described as offering an accomplished approach, combining poetic qualities with a deep sense of what Gallaudet is, and should be. The competition jury praised the winners for their clear understanding of the University's unique culture and ethos, and their natural affinity for working within deaf experiences.

Hall McKnight is an award-winning architectural practice based in Belfast and London. They are particularly known for the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast (completed 2012) and their remodeling of Vartov Square, Copenhagen (completed 2013). Current projects include work for King's College London, where they are developing proposals for a site located amongst some of the most significant of London's Grade 1 listed buildings. Team members include Ian McKnight, Alastair Hall, and deaf architect Richard Dougherty.  

Hall McKnight's approach proceeded from reflections on "meeting, communing, engaging" - the foundations of human communication - and proposed dynamic new spaces, both within the University and between the campus and the city. They sought to create a building that would endure and develop, acting as a "vessel" to be filled with the experiences of its occupants.  

 

Oct 31, 2016

 

October 31, 2016

INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN LAUNCHING TWO NEW INITIATIVES

Home to American Disabilities Act Center to Focus on Aging, Behavioral Issues

BOSTON – The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), home to the New England Region Center for the American Disabilities Act, is launching two new initiatives, focusing attention on accessibility for an aging population and those with behavioral health and substance use issues.

The Institute, a Boston-based international nongovernmental educational organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding human opportunity and experience, has recently been awarded a contract to extend for another five years its role as the American Disabilities Act Center for the region.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to serve New England to support those with rights and those with responsibilities under the ADA,” said Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design.

 

Loz Simpson

Thursday, October 13th, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

IHCD Lunch & Learn Lecture: London’s Topografik

Oct 18, 2016

Snapshot from the How LEGO Helps videoMatthew Shifrin, a valuable IHCD user/expert and creator of Lego for the Blind website was recently featured on BrainCraft's psychology/neurology YouTube channel. The YouTube video explores how LEGO can bring the world to those with visual impairments. This video comes with video description for screen readers: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C...

View on YouTube: How LEGO Helps Blind People See

BrainCraft is created by Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) and is brought to you by PBS Digital Studios. Talking psychology, neuroscience & why we act the way we do. 

More information on Matthew's project:

Matthew's website: http://legofortheblind.com/
Matthew's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfAgj...
Behind the Scenes: 10000 Digits of Pi with Matthew Shifrin: https://youtu.be/pvkUr2L-m3Q

Oct 11, 2016
Gallaudet UniversityGallaudet University is the only bilingual liberal arts university in the world where education and research programs for deaf and hard of hearing students are conducted in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The University benefits from an historic 99 acre campus, which is close to the Capitol, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the White House. The core of this was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (known for New York’s Central Park) in 1866.
 
The Gallaudet University International Design Competition encompasses: the design of a new Gateway Plaza, a revitalization of the campus’ historic Olmsted Green, and the creation of a new public realm that will integrate the campus with the vibrant urban fabric of a wider regeneration project within Washington, D.C., including the emerging Florida Avenue Market area. This is adjacent to some of the city’s fastest growing and most dynamic mixed-use neighborhoods in NoMa and the H Street corridor.

The competition scope includes design proposals for a visitors’ pavilion located within the Gateway Plaza, as well as conceptual proposals for a landmark building at the epicenter of the campus, which will command views across a number of strategic routes.

Throughout its 150-year history, Gallaudet has served as both a premier academic institution and an internationally recognized centre for Deaf Culture.

Patricia Rizzo

Wednesday, September 7th, 12:00PM
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

Patricia Rizzo: Human-centric lighting – what does it mean and how do we provide it in practice?