Jordana L. Maisel is Director of Research Activities at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access and an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo, USA. Her primary research focuses on advancing universal design and investigating the relationship between health outcomes and the built environment. Maisel is co-author of Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (2012) and co-editor of Accessible Public Transportation: Designing Service for Riders with Disabilities (Routledge, 2017). She holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Master of Urban Planning degree.
Edward Steinfeld is a Distinguished SUNY Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, USA. He is a registered architect, with special interests in universal design, accessibility, and design for the lifespan. Steinfeld founded and still directs the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. He has been the Principal Investigator for four cycles of a federally funded center of excellence on universal design and the built environment and co-directs another on accessible public transportation. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Architecture at the University of Michigan, USA.
Megan Basnak is an Architectural Design and Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, where her research interests include investigating architectural practice that aids underserved populations, the impact of universal design on different user groups, and universal design education in the U.S. and abroad. She has also co-authored several publications including a book chapter in Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015) and has presented at several conferences in the United States and internationally. She holds a Master of Architecture degree.
Korydon Smith is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, USA, where he conducts research on design for diversity, health, and social justice. Smith is the author/editor of numerous books, including co-editorship of Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015) and editor of Introducing Architectural Theory: Debating a Discipline (Routledge: 2012). Smith holds an EdD in Higher Education Leadership as well as a professional Master of Architecture degree.
M. Beth Tauke is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, USA, where she teaches courses on design, diversity, and the human body/architecture relationship. Her research focuses on design education and inclusive design, especially the empowerment of underrepresented groups through design. She is co-editor of Universal Design: New York (NYC Mayor's Office, 2001) and Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015).
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