Architect Ulysses Sean Vance is an assistant professor of architecture and partner in Iqi-O (一亓Ｏ), a design research office focused on establishing socio-spatial equilibriums through design. Working with the former UM Medical Innovation Center and now the UM Child Disparities Research Laboratory, Ulysses interests are working on domestic disparities within institutional conditions, addressing the inequalities as an interior urban-experience that challenges the policy terms of the situation. His work on the equity of public spaces in educational environments is a direct application of his work in inclusive design and two decades of designing schools.
Ulysses taught in the College of Design at North Carolina State University while serving as the Director of the Center for Universal Design before joining the faculty at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. As a speaker for the US Embassy speaker program, he has spoken on behalf of the disabled community in Latvia, Serbia, and Macedonia, featuring case studies on universal design in product design, architecture, and urban planning. His collaborations nationally and internationally include work with the Ministry of Taiwan on their accessibility guidelines, and recent work in Detroit, digitally documenting the movements of athletes during their signature movements as part of a sculptural collaboration with the College of Creative Studies.
Ulysses has previously collaborated with a variety of Architectural firms across the mid-Atlantic region, most notably the former office of Phil Freelon, and has served on the North Carolina State Board of Architects and sub-committees of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Ulysses completed a Bachelor of Architecture from Tuskegee University and a Masters in Architecture from the North Carolina State University School of Architecture where he was awarded a teaching fellowship to begin his academic career. Additionally, he has prior studies in Community Planning from Auburn University and has served on numerous professional committees for the American Institute of Architects and National Organization of Minority Architects.
Registered Architect: North Carolina, Pennsylvania, NCARB Certified