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We appreciate your interests in Universal Design, a global movement of inclusive design practice initiated at NC State University College of Design. The Center for Universal Design is currently not active due to funding challenges. We are working to revive the Center, hopefully in the near future. We are unable at this time to provide assistance to your design inquiries.

   
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Activities at North Carolina State

This is an overview of some of CUDs involvement in post secondary education at NCSU. You may download a 12-page PDF overview document.

College of Design
College of Engineering
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Management
College of Natural Resources

College of Design

(NEW) Universal by Design -- Spring 2008 -- A new course is being developed at the College of Design to be introduced in the spring semester of 2008 -- it will be an advanced undergraduate and graduate level course on universal design.

Freshmen Seminar

First year design students are exposed to issues impacting design for universal usability at many scales. They are also introduced to Center staff and facilities.

Sophomore simulation activity: Sight, Sound and Motion

Design students are sensitized to conditions that limit function and subsequent interaction with the environment through a half-day workshop simulating a variety of disabilities.

Article about this activity in "Equal_Op"

Lectures by staff

Center staff are regularly invited to give presentations about Center programs and services, the Principles of Universal Design and other universal design issues.

Studio review and critiques by staff and members of the community

Regular design critiques are scheduled throughout the semester in the various sophomore, junior, and senior design studios to evaluate student projects. These critiques are frequently attended by Center staff bringing a user-centered approach to concept development and refinement.

Courses taught by Center staff

Center staff have, in the past, taught junior and senior level Human-Centered Design Courses for industrial design students. In these classes, students receive more detailed information about how functional limitation impacts environmental interaction and the implications for design of these environments. Students outside the School of Design also participate in these courses as electives.

Independent study
Students with individual interest in universal design projects can work with Center staff to pursue educational, research and personal goals. Students may also choose from a large stock of project ideas generated at the Center through various input streams.

Graduate Research Assistantships
Eligible students can qualify to work with the Center as Graduate Research Assistants, funding permitting.

Work opportunities
There are also regular opportunities to work as paid staff on various project based activities.

Research opportunities
As the School's Ph.D. Program begins, doctoral candidates with interest in universal design may use the unique facilities and resources at the Center to support research and broaden the scope of this growing field.

NC State College of Design, Ph.D program in Architecture and the Built Environment

Course concentration in universal design
For future development with courses from other schools and universities; also using distance learning strategies and technologies.

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College of Engineering

Title:  Universal Design
Date/Location: August 2005, Raleigh, North Carolina
Event, if applicable: MSE 423 lecture
Sponsor, if applicable:  Prof. Keith Dawes, Materials Science Engineering
Topic Keywords:
Type: Seminar

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

(coming soon)

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College of Management

Date/Location: October 2005, Raleigh, North Carolina
Title: Innovation and Growth in the Construction and Housing Industries
Event, if applicable: Graduate Symposium
Sponsor, if applicable:  NCSU College of Management
Topic Keywords:
Type:  Panel presentation

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College of Natural Resources

(coming soon)

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