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  • Myth Busters

    Myth Busters: Excellence in Universal Design

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

    Earn 1 HSW CEH | Register Now at No Cost

    This webinar is the third in a three part series sponsored by the Universal Design member-created community on AIA KnowledgeNet. The webinar is co-sponsored by the AIA Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community and HomeFreeHome.


    Some of the most persistent misconceptions about Universal Design are that it is “handicapped looking”, ungraceful and too expensive.  These mistaken ideas often keep owners from accepting new modalities and leads to perpetuating bad practices.  The projects presented in this workshop will dispel those myths and show that incorporating Universal Design features provides greater accessibility, increase property value and adds safety. This workshop will include presentations by three prominent architects whose projects have won the AIA Small Project Award for Universal Design.  These architects will discuss their design philosophies, explore their firm’s production process, and show case study examples.

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    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn how to dispel the misconceptions and myths about Universal Design.
    2. Learn the many benefits of Universal Design and how it adds value to any property.
    3. Learn how Universal Design provides added convenience and increases public safety.
    4. Learn how to ask your client the important questions and get the meaningful answers.

    AIA/CES Reporting

    At the conclusion of the webinar, a link to a survey/CES report form will be provided. All attendees at each site will submit one form: 1) page one: webinar survey and 2) page two: CES report form. The survey must be completed within 24 hours of the webinar’s conclusion. AIA members and IDP record holders (http://www.aia.org/FreeTranscriptsforInterns) will have their credit recorded within 48 hours of the webinar. All attendees will be prompted to download a certificate of completion at the end of the survey.

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    Look for the video recording of the webinar on the AIA National YouTube channel. At this time, it will not be available for on-demand CEUs after the live event.


    Miguel Rivera, AIA, LEED AP, is principal of the Austin, Texas firm of Miro Rivera Architects.  He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture. He earned his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, in New York.  In 2005, Miguel was awarded the AIA National Young Architect Award. Miguel is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects (TSA). He has served on National AIA design awards juries and for AIA juries in New York City, Colorado, Chicago and Alabama. He was a juror for the Bi-Annual design awards for the Colegio de Arquitectos of Puerto Rico. Miguel has lectured at The Universities of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Veracruz, Tennessee, Buffalo, Louisiana, Munich and UNAM in Mexico. His work has been published in several books and numerous publications including Architectural Record and the New York Times and has been exhibited in Berlin, Venice Architectural Biennale and at the Hostos Art Gallery in New York City. http://www.mirorivera.com/

    Reggie Stump, Architect, is the owner of the interdisciplinary firm ASTIGMATIC Studio. He designed and led the construction of the Luminous Bodies Residence—an award winning accessibly designed home in Indiana that was designed specifically for a client living with cerebral palsy. Reggie is particularly interested in accessible design and his work has been featured in the book “Unassisted Living: Ageless Homes for Later Life”, the book “The Accessible House” and the New York Times. Reggie has a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts from Drury University and a Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts from the California College of the Arts.  http://www.astigmaticstudio.com/

    E.B. Min, AIA, is the San Francisco based principal of Min | Day. An honors graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, she began her architectural studies as a cross-registered student at Rhode Island School of Design. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. E.B.’s experience in the landscape architecture office of Delaney and Cochran nurtured her interest in the integration of landscapes and buildings. E.B. has taught at U.C. Berkeley and is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Architecture Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and serves on the Board of Directors of the AIA San Francisco. http://www.minday.com

    Laura Montllor, AIA (Moderator)