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International Association for Universal Design's International Design Award 2019 Logo

Chairman's Introduction

The IAUD International Design Awards were initiated nine years ago to raise awareness of Universal Design, and to showcase best practice examples. Since then, each year winning entries have demonstrated the success of this project and a growing understanding of…

International Union of Architects' Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards Logo

Entries for the International Union of Architects (UIA)'s Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Award 2020 will be accepted until Saturday, November 30th, 2019.


From UIA: Award winners and commended projects will be exhibited at the UIA Congress in…

San Francisco State University School of Design website home page banner image and mission statement

From Ricardo Gomes, who sits on IHCD's Board of Directors and is Professor and ID Search Committee Chair at San Francisco State University:

The School of Design at San Francisco State University is seeking qualified candidates for a new faculty position in Industrial Design. …

Jan Carpman

This presentation will offer an introduction to the concept of wayfinding and touch on a number of related issues: what makes wayfinding difficult, some consequences of disorientation, customer expectations about wayfinding in health facilities, and more. It will also drill down a bit and…

Flier for the call for entries for the eleventh annual generative space award with an illustration of a cartoon man and woman holding hands to form a frame around houses in the distance

From A Place to Flourish:

The Generative Space Award recognizes break-through designs that improve health and healthcare. Submit your recent projects that clearly
demonstrate the integration of the physical and social environments to make your community A Place to Flourish…

A collage of four images: three examples of audio beacons, accessible pedestrian signals, and apps that aid mobility, and one QR code in the bottom right to RSVP for the event

When: Friday, November 15, 2019, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland Street, First Floor, Boston, MA 02114. View IHCD's location on Google Maps. 

To request an accommodation, email Leigh…

ABX 2019 and Women in Design Boston logos

IHCD's Executive Director, Valerie Fletcher, will be on the Women in Design Keynote panel for ABX 2019 on Wednesday, November 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The keynote panel, titled, "Empathetic Design - Crafting Spaces for People," will also host David Rubin,…

Groups of guests network informally in the IHCD kitchen area

IHCD welcomed the Boston Society of Architects' Women in Design (WiD) for an evening of sharing our practice, methods and global vision of the central role of design in making the reality of diversity of ability, age and culture work and its power to enrich everyone’s experience. 


IHCD and New England ADA Center combined logo

Join IHCD's New England ADA Center at one of its trainings in October 2019 on a range of topics including ADA protections for people in recovery, the ADA and employment, and much more.

ADA Employment Issues, MA
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm…

Joel Sanders

About the Talk

Drawing from his design research on restrooms and museums, Joel Sanders will discuss the imperative for designers to form cross-disciplinary collaborations dedicated to creating inclusive public spaces that meet the needs of people of different ages, genders, races and…