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Interior of older building at Gallaudet University renovated according to Deaf Space principles. Photo: Edward Steinfeld

The purpose of this symposium is to learn about multiple perspectives on deafness and the design implications of advancing technology for deaf culture, social participation and design of the built environment. 


The discussion will seek to address questions such as:

  1. How can the architectural profession accommodate colleagues who are deaf or hard of hearing?
  2. What is the future of schools for the deaf and higher education for deafness?  
  3. How can people who are deaf and hard of hearing participate more fully in the design process?

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe and critique the history of architecture for deafness.
  2. Illustrate how changing attitudes toward disability have led to new approaches, policies and regulations to accommodate people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  3. Describe the principles of deaf space, a new paradigm for design facilities for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  4. Identify how advances in technology present both challenges and opportunities for architectural design.
  5. Discuss the relationship of deaf space to accessible and universal design.

Accessibility Information

Real-time captioning, assistive listening systems and ASL Interpretation will be available. The symposium site is accessible to people with mobility impairments. For ALDs or any other accommodation please call us at 716-829-5903.