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42CE - Inclusive Design: The Next Generation

24 May 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The desire for more-inclusive built environments has grown over the past decade, with an increase in legislation and best practices adopted by design practices all over the world. Developments built a generation ago are vastly different from the proposals being put forth today. Design must be socially sustainable in order to future-proof the built environment as our population ages and abilities change.

Will advancements of assistive technology, evolving needs and expectations impact the way in which we design our built environment? What will we require of the spaces in which we live, work and play in yet another generation? What will accessible design look like?

This discussion will explore the forces of change currently affecting our built environment and how the emerging generation of architects will design a more inclusive tomorrow.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand emerging trends and innovations in inclusive design.
  2. Understand the relationship between assistive technologies and design.
  3. Highlight the challenges and complexity of designing to meet diverse needs.
  4. Explore ways to future-proof the built environment in light of an uncertain future.


Jesse Klimitz, BA, M.Arch., MRAIC, OAA, and Lorene Casiez, BScN, MN, BDes

Jesse Klimitz is the Director of Human Space, leads Quadrangle’s Business Development team and steers the future growth of both practices. He is a registered Architect with the OAA and an Accessibility Strategist. His range of project experience includes residential, commercial, mixed-use and accessibility consulting on major institutional projects, including the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games sports venues.  He has spoken at a number of conferences across Canada on the topic of accessibility and inclusive design and provided training to architects across Ontario in advance of changes to the accessibility requirements of the OBC. 

Lorene Casiez is an Accessibility Strategist whose passion for inclusive design derived from her background in public health and nursing. As an Associate at Quadrangle, she coordinates and manages all aspects of Quadrangle’s design consulting division, Human Space. She has led complex accessibility audits, consulted on large-scale design projects for all building types, created numerous accessibility-based design guidelines and is experienced in drawing reviews, user evaluations and group facilitation. She strongly believes that the goals of inclusive design provide the basic foundation of good design for all. Lorene obtained a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, where she has also taught Universal Design.