Institute for Human Centered Design Open House

Institute for Human Centered Design
200 Portland Street, Boston
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 PM


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The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is an international education and design nonprofit founded in 1978, headquartered in downtown Boston, dedicated to enhancing the experiences of people of all abilities, ages and cultures through excellence in design.

Lunch 1:30 – 2:30
Catered from Haley House, Boston’s best social enterprise kitchen -
tasty local food with a purpose.

Home for Life Showroom 1:00 – 4:00
IHCD has combined decades of experience in designing home renovations along with expansive knowledge of the best ideas in global inclusive design innovation for homes. Home for Life focuses on making home a place that does more, that supports health, safety, comfort, and independence across the lifespan. This new hub will offer opportunities for exploration and inspiration as well as practical information in a demonstration-showroom-research-learning space. Visitors can peruse the literature including a global selection of curated books to purchase as well as digital publications. Gather “tip sheets” that pair functional limitations with residential design tips and peruse a selection of products and materials.

Strategies for Teaching Inclusive/Universal Design for Interior Architecture 2:30 – 3:30
Panel of interior architecture faculty from five of the region’s premier programs [New England School of Art & Design (NESAD), Boston Architectural College (BAC), Mt. Ida, Endicott, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)]. Moderated by IHCD’s Executive Director, Valerie Fletcher, the panel will share experiences with integrating inclusive design into classroom, studio and thesis. They’ll share strategies, syllabi, practices that engage students and, sometimes, ignite a sense of professional focus. IDEC credits applied. CEUs TBD.

Video – loop throughout the Open House:
Designing for People, User/Experts in Schools of

This video documentary records the outcome of an NEA-funded IHCD project to introduce real users at the edges of the spectrum of ability and age directly into the
studio experience in schools of design.

Inclusive/Universal Design-
Focused Thesis Projects Graduate students from a mix of schools will share their thesis projects via boards, models, books and talk about their experience of committing to explore inclusive design in thesis.

Meet the User/Experts
A group of IHCD’s User/Experts will be on hand to talk about their experience working with design students and working as reviewers of physical and digital environments and what works and what fails. Sample reports will be on hand for review.

IHCD’s Library
IHCD welcomes IDEC visitors to their research library with the largest specialized collection of publications
about accessibility and inclusive design in the US.