Dean Ponce de Leon Discusses on NPR the Disabilities Act Influence on Architecture on the Act's 20th Anniversary

National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel talks to Dean Monica Ponce de Leon about changes in architecture and design 20 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She talks with Siegel as a proponent of universal design, which challenges the notion of able versus disabled. Instead, Ponce de Leon says universal design encourages architects to think about a wide range of people.

She acknowledges that in academia, design for the disabled has been thought of as the requirement. However, she notes that “newer generations of students are coming into the profession with a very fresh thinking, and they are thirsty for design to be relevant at all levels.”

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