ABOUT US 

The Ronald L. Mace Universal Design Institute is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of accessible and universal design. The Institute's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be usable by everyone regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.

BETTER LIVING DESIGN INSTITUTE

The Institute's sister initiative, Better Living Design is changing the way homes and home products are designed, built and remodeled to better meet the needs of everyone at every life stage. 

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Services

The RL Mace Universal Design Institute's work manifests the belief that all environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be usable by everyone regardless of age, ability, or circumstance. The Institute advances the concept of universal design in all design disciplines, including those that work on housing, public-use buildings, outdoor, and urban environments and related products.

The Institute’s principal, Richard Duncan, has had a long career in the design of accessible and universal environments. The Institute’s staff has a wealth of expertise in universal design and accessibility codes and standards with an emphasis on human function, architecture and planning. The Institute has developed technical and policy documents and a wide range of graphic and multimedia material to explain technical specifications in context of the environment. The Institute has a history of collaborative, multidisciplinary work: research, plan review, development of new plans, survey instruments, photo documentaries, product designs, state agency policies, demonstration houses, and educational programs.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

PLAN REVIEW

We provide design assistance, design research, and design development of your plans to align with universal or accessible design

Consulting

Helping you understand and work with ADA and Fair Housing compliance analysis in your projects

COLLABORATION

Working with builders and manufactuers to include universal design and accessaible design in their projects

EDUCATION

Creation and distribution of educational publications, instructional materials, presentations, courses, and modules to increase knowledge of the applications of accessible and universal design

OUR CLIENTS INCLUDE:

AARP
NC AARP
AARP Puerto Rico
American Bath Group
American Occupl Therapy Association
Bermuda Society for the Blind
Better Living Design Institute
Bobrick Washroom Equipment
Calloway Johnson Moore & West
Carolina Meadows
Carousel Shopping Mall
Chatham County Council on Aging
City of Greenville, NC
Essential Luxuries
Evan Terry Associates
Freedom Shelf

Global Universal Design Commission

Healthy Aging Network

HEWI

Home Access Professionals

Home Innovation Research Lab

Home Matters

Interior Design Society

Legal Aid of North Carolina

National Association of Home Builders

National NeighborWorks Association

North Carolina Center on Disability and Health

Safe Living Solutions

Starkloff Disability Institute

University of Southern California

University of Washington

Vortant Technologies

West Auckland Council, New Zealand

TESTIMONIALS

ROSALYN,

CE PLANNER

Richard was the HIGHEST rated speaker, earning 5.0 out of 5.0 on the Likert scale rating. Kudos! Thanks again for sharing your expertise!

ROBERT D,

NC HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY

I have known and worked with Dick Duncan, Leslie Young and Rex Pace for at least 12 years. The late Ron Mace and his colleagues and successors have helped us develop design standards for the housing we finance, and often provided speakers for training events and conferences under our sponsorship. The Institute staff is thought of in the affordable housing finance industry as the ultimate authority.

NATALIE D,

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Thank you so much for taking the time to consult with me last week. Having a research entity available to provide information and clarity to standards is very valuable to our communities as it affects what our businesses produce for the public. You were extremely gracious in the time and resources you provided us to enable us to better assess our situation here at Parata.

 KIMBERLY A. ADLER,

INTERIM STATE DIRECTOR

Thanks to your partnership we successfully reached hundreds of older Delawareans with important information on features to look for when buying or building a new home and gadgets and tools to help make life easier in their existing home as they age.

MICHAEL PAUSE,

PROFESSOR OF ART AND DESIGN

Thank you for all you did to schedule and present the universal design orientations for the first year Design students. As you have done consistently, the presentations were excellent. Each studio responded to the breadth, clarity, and comfort and ease of the sessions. Your initiative to start and sustain these orientations has been a deeply meaningful addition to
the first year curriculum for our Design students. The Design Fundamentals faculty are very appreciative of your efforts.