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


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?

Oryx Cohen

26 years after the passage of the ADA it is clear that people with mental health and substance use issues are still far from a central concern in considering who has rights and who has responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It might be the right time and place to revitalize attention to integrating people with mental health and substance use conditions into the promise of the ADA.

Jul 19, 2016

DCR MassachusettsIHCD has begun work on a multi-faceted scope of work for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  IHCD will provide consultation, training and plan review to DCR that will analyze compliance with federal law, state code and Forest Service standards as well as global state of the art of inclusive/universal design in the out of doors.  DCR seeks to build upon its 21 years of leadership in the Universal Access program to offer a national model.  The project will include contextual inquiry research with “user/experts” from among people 65+ and people on the Autism Spectrum.  

Susanne Stadler

Monday, June 20th, 12:00PM
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

At Home With Growing Older: A Report on Interdisciplinary Learning and Collaboration and the Notion of Age Friendly Design