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RIAI Launches Statement of Policy on Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018

The RIAI is delighted to launch a new policy on Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design responding to the significant changes in the context in which the RIAI and its members operate, since the adoption of the RIAI Policy on Accessibility in 2006. The Universal Design Task Force (UDTF) has reviewed the 2006 Policy document and concluded that its scope needs to be broadened to meet the changed circumstances and the challenges for the next 10 years.

Until recently, architects and others involved in shaping the built environment thought of accessibility in terms of "access for the disabled". This is no longer acceptable, but instead the principles of Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design should be applied across the practice of architecture. Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design embrace the best practice for managing architectural practice and the profession, so that the practice of architecture is accessible for all. Universal Design should be viewed as an integral part of architecture, design and planning the built environment.

Scope
This Policy covers the remit of the Institute and the business of architectural practice carried out by its members, as well as the design of the built environment. The scope of this new Statement of Policy on Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design reaches beyond the current remit of the UDTF, to encompass a Policy for the architectural profession into the third decade of the 21st century. A Policy is necessary, because the enjoyment of the built environment affects everyone. It is acknowledged that well designed high quality built environment, that is accessible and inclusive, by utilising the principles of universal design, enables social cohesion and empowerment of its residents and enjoyed by all.

The Role of the RIAI
The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) supports and regulates the architectural profession and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit. Its purpose is "to uphold the highest standards in architecture and to provide impartial and authoritative advice and information in issues affecting architects, the built environment and society.”

The RIAI’s Statement of Policy on Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design will contribute to increased awareness and knowledge of Accessibility and Inclusion and promote its application by its membership and mainstream Universal Design in the design process.

The policy can be downloaded from this link: RIAI Statement of Policy on Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design.

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