Can interior design promote a lifestyle that leads to health and longevity? Can it be proactive—preventing future disability while respecting and eliminating existing disability? And, as the baby boomer generation worldwide begins to retire, how will we meet the growing demand for aging in place? This program offers the best of residential universal design—a look at some innovative products and the most forward-thinking projects, as well as the latest international design research on aging in place with a focus on maximizing health and wellness. The program is for real estate developers, residential architects, universal designers, kitchen and bath designers, physical and occupational therapists, independent living and home healthcare providers, and residential interior designers.
Note that this program description is not final; it will be updated in Q1 2018.
Imagine home as a place for regeneration and safety. It is clean, uncluttered, and manageable, reducing risk of disease and injury and offering restoration when the inevitable occurs. This program has a different perspective on universal design, emphasizing elements really wanted in a home and a proactive approach to home design that supports and stimulates healthy living and wellness.
Universal design should be part of all residential projects, not just those for older and disabled people. It goes beyond just accommodating physical differences: it offers the promise of doing what you want to do, and actually eliminates disability by design.
Universal design encompasses confusing realities. Even though clients of all ages, sizes, and abilities need housing and accommodations to meet their needs, many designers struggle with marketing universal design services. Although multi-unit housing projects of all types are required by law in many jurisdictions around the world to accommodate the growing population of residents with disabilities, compliance with codes and standards merely scratches the surface of universal design. Patients are being discharged from hospitals “sicker and quicker,” and return to homes which further disable or reinjure them.
Over the past thirty years, Cynthia Leibrock and Mary Jo Peterson have designed hundreds of projects, presented their work internationally and produced seven books on universal and health design. Drawing from this experience, this program offers the best of universal design, the most applicable, exciting, and innovative products, concepts, and projects and the latest research on aging in place from the U.S., Canada, Northern Europe, and Japan – countries with an aging demographic and increased consumer demand for universal design. As aging populations increase awareness of the challenges and necessity of universal design, new market opportunities are emerging to meet rising demand.
This program explores best practices in remodeling and new construction of single family residential, as well as production building, both single family and multifamily, providing an opportunity to consider the various models from which one can choose in creating the proactive universally designed home.
Note that this program description it not final; it will be updated in Q1 2018.
Who Should Attend: Residential architects, Real estate developers, Universal designers, Kitchen and bath designers, Physical and occupational therapists, Independent living and home healthcare providers, Residential interior designers.
Accessibility / ADA
Housing & Community Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
• With emphasis on class discussion, demonstrate how regeneration, home health care, prevention, motivation, and elimination of disability can be accomplished through interior design
• Analyze the latest research on aging in place from the U.S., Northern Europe, and Japan
• Apply the best universal products to design for aging in place and home healthcare
• Offer techniques for marketing universal design on all projects, not just select projects for select populations
Cynthia Leibrock, Mary Jo Peterson
Harvard University Graduate School of Design