Leigh Anne White

Inclusive Design Researcher
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lawhite@ihcdesign.org

Leigh Anne White

Originally from Louisiana, Leigh Anne is an Exhibit Designer whose passion for inclusive design in cultural spaces led her to Boston and IHCD earlier this year. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Architectural History from WakeForest University and a Master of Arts in Exhibition Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. Her Master’s thesis on designing an inclusive exhibit, both in content and design, for children with Sensory ProcessingDisorders and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders aimed to prove that designing with accessibility in mind creates an enhanced learning experience for all visitors, regardless of ability. 

It was during her time in D.C. that Leigh Anne first had an opportunity to combine her interest in working with people with cognitive differences and exhibit design. Asa fellow for the Smithsonian’s Accessibility Department, Leigh Anne researched and wrote guidelines on accessible exhibition design for a neurodiverse audience. It was during her time at the Smithsonian that Leigh Anne was introduced to the physical and sensory aspects of inclusive design and first heard of IHCD. After leaving DC to help design a children’s museum in North Carolina, she continued to be drawn to the ideas and principles surrounding inclusive design and ultimately decided that she wanted to dedicate her career to making the built environment a welcoming and accessible place for people of all abilities. 

Leigh Anne joined the IHCD team as an inclusive design researcher with special interest in cultural spaces. She is also involved in various projects outside of the cultural realm including: field analysis of existing conditions using GIS, programming and home design for brain-based disabilities, and inclusive design solutions for our ageing population.