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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.


Over the years the Center has garnered several awards from both National and Local Organizations. This section focuses on select awards with a NC focus.

Professional Builders Achievement AwardNAHB Seniors Housing CouncilAccess to Daily Living AwardTriangle MAME AwardHome Showcase Design Award

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2004 - Concept Modular Home Over 1400 Sq. Ft

R-Anell Homes won a national industry award at the 2004 National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing for work done in partnership with the Center for Universal Design.  The “Universal Design Home” won the Concept Modular Home over 1400 sq. ft. category. R-Anell Homes, based in Denver, NC, sells predominantly in the southeastern United States and is considered a leader in the field of modular home design and production.


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2003 - Housing North Carolina Award


“2003 Housing North Carolina Award: Second Avenue Supported Living Gaston; presented at the NC Housing Finance Agency Annual Conference. As part of the Housing North Carolina Awards recognition on Oct. 21, 2003, The City of Gastonia and NC State University College of Design’s Center for Universal Design received an award for excellence in affordable housing.

The award recognized the Center for its development efforts of the Second Avenue Supported Living Center in Gastonia, a group home by Gaston Residential Development Corporation for adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries. The Housing North Carolina Awards recognize affordable housing developments that can serve as models for other communities. Criteria include affordability, design (attractiveness, energy-efficiency and others), contribution to the community, sustainability, and other features, such as services for residents and creative partnerships.


The Center for Universal Design received an award from the Alliance of Disability Advocates during a reception honoring the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) for all its work to develop and promote public standards for design.

2003 - Triangle Access Award

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These efforts have led to numerous landmark materials that guide architects, developer and builders, both nationally and internationally. The Universal Disability Advocates, a nonprofit cross disability organization that seeks to increase accessibility and inclusion in the Triangle, present the Triangle Access Awards annually. The purpose of the awards is to honor individuals, businesses and organizations in the Triangle area whose awareness and actions have created accessibility and inclusion in the community for people of all ages and abilities. Recipients have demonstrated outstanding achievements in removing barriers in the community, including architectural, communication or sensory, and attitudinal barriers, in implementing assistive technology, and in creating all-around universal access.

Dr. Tector, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of architecture, also was recognized for being a leader in promoting barrier-free environments and universal design. He often advises the university concerning compliance with the ADA in areas of new construction and renovations. One of Dr. Tector’s most important contributions was the development of the Sight, Sound and Motion workshop for students in the College of Design.


2001 - Gold Medal Winner,  HBA of Durham and Orange Counties

The Center won a gold medal in the Home Builder's Association of Durham and Orange Counties annual Parade of Homes in October 2001 for the Tarr House. The center worked with a home builder to introduce universal design concepts with financial support from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Fannie Mae. The finished house contains architectural products, appliances and fixtures that add convenience, ease of use, safety and extra value. The center worked with the builder to introduce universal design concepts.

Funding: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Fannie Mae


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