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Universal Design Symposium & Design-athon


Universal Design Symposium & Design-athon

On Friday, April 5th , UMass Dartmouth's Interior Architecture + Design Department will host its 1st annual Universal Design Symposium & Design-athon.This event will focus on accessibility and universal design through talks by notable speakers, prototyping, and empathy building activities.

Students, design professionals and community members with or without disabilities are encouraged to participate!

Design-athon teams will use design thinking to develop practical solutions that improve daily living for all, specifically focusing on design solutions for the younger generation.

Designs will be evaluated and prizes will be awarded to the top ideas.

See how our Universal Design Symposium has been recognized nationwide-

Merit Award for Excellence from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation: Watch the Video Here!

Morton Keston Universal Design Competition, 3rd Place Winner: See our Entry Here!

Featured by United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston: See Article and Video Here!

2019 Guest Speakers:

Michael Cancilliere, Excecutive Director of Massachusetts Programs, Meeting Street

Contributors and Collaborators:


Do I have to have a design background to participate?

Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome to participate!  The different perspectives and ideas that are generated from individuals with diverse backgrounds tend to be the most interesting and successful.

 What will we be doing?

8:30am-9:00am- Breakfast, Registration, Check-in 

9:00am-9:10am- Welcome Remarks 

9:10am-10:30am- Design Teams complete Empathy Activities and Interviews with User/Experts 

10:30am-12:00pm- Teams Explore (brainstorm & generate initial ideas for design solution)

12:00pm-12:45pm- Lunch/Lunchtime Talks 

12:45pm-1:45pm Rapid Reporting- Short presentations of initial ideas by teams 

1:45pm-4:00pm- Team Make Sessions

4:00pm-4:30pm- Guest Speaker: Michael Cancilliere, Meeting Street

4:30pm-5:00pm- Presentation Finishing Touches

 5:00-6:15pm- Share- Team Presentations and Judging 

6:15pm-6:30pm- Design-athon Competition Winners Announced, Presentation of Awards, Closing Reception 

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