June 24, 2008
College Park, MD -- A group of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) from the UM School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is featured in The Washington Post real estate section for their contributions toward transforming a DC home into a model of universal design. The article, "Offering Access to All", describes the collaborative efforts of the DC government (who owns the home), AARP, renowned architect Michael Graves, AIAS and other contributors who worked to transform the home, incorporating features to make it user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities.
Before working on the project, AIAS traveled to Graves's office and home in Princeton, NJ. During their visit, Graves coached them on things like how wide to make the hallways and brainstormed with them about the type of door to use for the bedroom. Aided by this invaluable experience, AIAS helped convert the DC home's garage into an accessible bedroom, laundry room, and bath. In the bathroom their design includes a roll-under sink, elevated outlets and a ceramic floor so wheelchairs can roll right into the shower. The bedroom has a sliding entry door.
"To build something like this that has a purpose and that will affect people's lives was an amazing opportunity," says Jason Langford, a 2008 graduate of the school.
The Washington Post: "Offering Access to All"
Photos by Barbara Ruben for The Washington Post
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