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New RIAI Universal Design Award – Deadline extended to 13 May, 5pm

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Universal Design* places human diversity at the heart of the design process. If an environment is accessible, usable, convenient and easy to use, everyone benefits. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all people throughout the design process, Universal Design creates environments that meet peoples' needs.

The Universal Design Award is a new award and is being supported by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority. In order to encourage submissions, it has been decided to waive the entry fee. The deadline for submissions for the RIAI Universal Design Award has been extended to 5pm on Monday the 13th May.

You are encouraged to submit entries for the RIAI Universal Design Award by the new deadline, especially in light of the wide range of eligible projects:

• New buildings
• Adaptation, re-use or retro-fitting of existing buildings, including historic buildings
• Designed landscapes, for example the public realm, transport infrastructure, urban, rural and natural landscapes
• Housing, including domestic projects
• Design projects which represent a discrete architectural commission, for example furniture, interiors, fittings, way-finding
  The design of all entries involving collaborative work must have led by a registered RIAI member.

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has invited Hubert Froyen, a Belgian architect with expertise in Universal Design to chair the jury for the award. Hubert Froyen is also giving a lecture on Universal Design on 21st May in the Pavilion, National Disability Authority, 25 Clyde Road, Dublin 4.

Entries for the RIAI Universal Design Award will be judged in relation to their achievement of excellence in architectural design that responds to the diverse needs of users, and enables people to access and use an environment with ease and comfort, to the greatest extent possible, regardless of their age, size, abilities or disabilities.

How to Enter

In addition to the general entry requirements for your A1 Board entrants are required to provide a short statement (maximum two A4 sheets) which outlines the following:

 • Why you believe that this project is an example of best practice in universal design
• The approach taken to universal design during the design process (for example, consultation with end-users at different stages of the process)
• A client or end-user statement on how the project responds to the diverse needs of users.

Please contact Claudia O'Dwyer if you have any queries on how to make a submission, codwyer@riai.ie, T 01 6761703. Please note the new deadline is 13 May, 5pm.

*For further information on Universal Design, refer to Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach, available for download from the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design website.

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