Opening the Doors to History – Universal Access to Historic Buildings

This webinar will begin with an introduction to Universal Access/Design by the Moderator. The introduction will include a description of Universal Design (UD), including why different titles are used; a brief history of UD; the “principles” of UD; comparisons between the ADA and UD; how and under what circumstances can UD be applied to a historic building; and how do the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards affect the application of Universal Design. Lastly, an approach to rehabilitating a building using Universal Design will be presented. A case study will then be presented by architects who have successfully accomplished the use of Universal Design in historic buildings or sites.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the concept and "Principles" of Universal Design
  • To understand the relationship of the CHBC and the ADA to Universal Design
  • To understand how Universal Design and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards can be both compatible and effective
  • To understand how Universal Design can be successfully incorporated to create access for a historic building or site

Documents & Downloads

Continuing Education

  • Design and Design Services
  • Legal
  • Project Types
  • Citizen Participation
  • Demographics
  • Hazards
  • History
  • Law
  • Neighborhoods
  • Social Equity
  • Streets
  • Urban Design
  • Accessibility / ADA
  • Design-Build
  • Historic Preservation
  • Project Management
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning