“Part of our obligation as architects is to help drive social change,” says Toronto architect and accessibility champion Susan Ruptash. Her impassioned call for better design is detailed in this opinion piece in Canadian Architect magazine (http://www.canadianarchitect.com). Ms. Ruptash offers the following insight in her article. “It’s unacceptable that some people can make full use of our public spaces and buildings while others must make do with a more arduous or predetermined experience. There is no excuse for designing places, spaces or things that exclude people, whether it be through intention or neglect. All design should be human-centred. It’s time.”
Here’s what all architects and designers can do now:
· Make this an integral part of your practice. Talk to your clients, educate your employees, encourage your designers. Make it an integral part of your work, not an afterthought.
· Do more. Aim to go far beyond the codes and regulations. Baseline compliance is not good enough.
· Learn. Study best practices, and see what the leaders around the world are doing.
· Collaborate. Seek input from end-users; consult with persons with disabilities.
Canadian Architect is the online magazine published by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Read the full article here.