Keywords: India, Universal Design, accessibility, architecture, university
Opening Minds to Universal Design
|Name of Organisation||Universal Design Center, BNCA|
|Type of organisation||University|
Universal Design Center through its strategically designed architectural studios, workshops, electives, short courses and research, has sensitised and trained 3000+ budding architects, 500+ architectural educators from more than 30 architectural and design institutes across India . It has also successfully imparted technical training to 1000+ practicing architects and civil engineers. Starting from a mere 2 architectural institutes in 2014, the practice has actively engaged with more than 30 architectural and design institutes across India in 2018.
People with disabilities (PWD) have been engaged as core team members in formulating the syllabus, creating course content and studio assignments. Training for PWD is also being conducted for improving their spatial sense and learning use of tactile guiding paths.
The Council of Architecture (COA), which governs the minimum standards of architectural education in India, has mandated inclusion of Universal Design in course curriculum as the result of the advocacy done by the practice.
THEORY OF CHANGE
We asked projects to outline their impact model (also called Theory of Change) – their main target groups, the key activities they offer these target groups, and what impact they want to achieve:
|Architecture/ Design students and professionals including architects/engineers in public and private sector||Sensitization and Training||Empathy and Capacity building for creating Universally accessible Designs and Environment|
|Architecture and Design Educators/Institutions in Public and Private sector||Sensitization and Training||Capacity building for making them Centres and Agents of Change for promoting and integrating Universal Design as an embedded layer in the Design Thinking process and Pedagogy|
|People with Disabilities||Art and Architecture based training||Empowerment and self reliance through skill building for|
enhanced spatial perception, mobility and use of accessible solutions in the built environment