Living in Place: Who are we designing for? Thea Kurdi, DesignABLE Environments

Getting accessibility right is often an uphill struggle in projects. The application of accessible design requirements often happens as an afterthought. It is time to challenge the design industry to reconsider the question, “Who are we designing for?” Residential design in all housing types will be discussed using information and insights from participating the Royal Architectural Institute Age-Friendly Housing Options Task Force, and consulting with the Ontario Older Women’s Network on their Living in Place campaign to change the building code. Facts, figures, and concrete design solutions will be outlined that are already transforming the housing industry. Changes to building codes, international trends, local examples, myth busting, and what the house of the future looks like will also be presented.