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Webinar: Beyond Aging in Place: Opportunities and Innovative Solutions through Universal Design

When: June 22, 2017
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar.


A vast majority of the design community embraces Universal Design as a concept – especially those in health and wellness industries – but true universal design implementation is challenging. What does Universal Design look like in practice? How can we move beyond the treatment of universal design as a compartmentalized approach to design for aging and accessibility?

In this presentation, two key thought leaders in the universal design arena will share expertise and insight around true and tangible universal design: what it means, what it looks like, and how to achieve it. The presenters will continue the conversation around expanding the traditional view of universal design, using an evidence-based approach, and will share case studies in a variety of scales and environments.

This webinar is the second presentation in a three-part series on universal design.
Part 1: “To Age is Human: Universal Design Research and Trends” and is available on demand here.
Part 3 will be presented in late 2017/early 2018 by a panel of Universal Design experts. 


Location Information


Learning Objectives

  • Expand the view of universal design beyond aging in place and accessible environments.

  • Understand how universal design supports sustainable design.

  • Explore examples of successful universal design through select case studies.

  • Discover opportunities to utilize tools that support universal design strategies.


Presenting Faculty

Green Globes CIEB Assessor Principal
JSR Associates, Inc.

Jane Rohde champions widespread global cultural shift toward de-institutionalizing senior living communities through her consulting, research and advocacy, which provides services to non-profit and for-profit developers, government agencies, and senior living care providers.

Jane’s consulting practice includes the promotion of person-centered environments, sustainability, and universal design solutions. She sits on the Environmental Standards Council, part of The Center for Health Design, the GSA Sustainability Advisory Committee, ASHRAE 189.1 WG09, ASHRAE 189.3, GBI ANSI 01-2010: 2015 Revision Committee, GBI Technical Committee, FGI Executive Steering Committee and the Health Guidelines Revision Committee. 

Her leadership has garnered the creation of the Facility Guidelines Institute’s Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, a guideline utilized as code for the licensing of long term care and related facility types.   

Jane founded and chairs the Senior Living Sustainability Guide® committee, a committed group of volunteers that created a sustainability guide for senior living projects and has been accessed for utilization in over 10 countries, including China Senior Care’s Cypress Gardens, the first residential aged-care facility in China that focuses on skilled nursing and adult day care. The SLSG® is available for free download at www.withseniorsinmind.org.

In April, 2015, Jane has received the first Changemaker Award for Environments for Aging from The Center for Health Design.  She speaks internationally on senior living, aging, healthcare, evidence based design and sustainability.


Jordana L. Maisel. PhD 
Director of Research Activities
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access

Dr. Maisel is Director of Research Activities at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), located within the School of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo (UB). She currently serves as a Project Director in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD) and the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation. She is also an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at UB. Dr. Maisel’s recent work includes projects on the effectiveness of universal design and complete streets, eligibility criteria for paratransit, and the development of voluntary universal design standards. She has lectured at numerous conferences across the country and has written many peer-reviewed articles. She co-authored the first textbook on universal design, Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012). She is also co-editor of Inclusive Design (Routledge, forthcoming) and Accessible Public Transportation (Routledge, forthcoming).