Institute for Human Centered Design
Dedicated to enhancing the experiences
of people of all ages, abilities, and cultures
through excellence in design.
About Us

Areas Of Expertise

An education lecture at IHCD


We are committed to educating globally about the power of Inclusive Design by sharing stories, precedents, and methods.

People discussing design


Our scope for consulting includes, among others, plan reviews, assessment of accessibility in the built environment and testing of digital and web accessibility.

Employees designing on computers


IHCD works with entrepreneurs, designers and businesses to evaluate concepts, prototypes or existing designs to assess usability for the widest possible spectrum of people.

A blind user testing a prototype


We put people at the center of the design process and directly engage diverse people as partners in design solutions.


News & Events

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Horizons in Architectural Education: The Accessible Design Accreditation Initiative (ADAI) with Richard Sternadori, MA

We are thrilled to invite you to a timely webinar, one day before the 34th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Building on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the ADA extended civil rights protections to people with disabilities by adding design…

Julia Cassim

Global Inclusive Design Activist Julia Cassim has died (June 17, 2024)

"Julia and the amazing, inspirational, fearless contribution she made, touched the professional and personal lives of so many people.  (Her family) should be very proud of her legacy. Her contribution was enormous. It was also unique. Julia was a very special person. Her work will live on.  …

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Watch Our Boston Design Week Presentations on YouTube

We are thrilled to share that our Boston Design Week programming is now available on YouTube. Dive into a series of insightful presentations and discussions that highlight the forefront of Inclusive Design and innovation. 

Telling Stories of Yesterday and Today While Designing for the…

Nature Design and Health: Explorations of a Landscape Architect by David Kamp book cover

RSVP for our June 6th Webinar "Nature, Design, and Health" with David Kamp, FASLA

We are thrilled to invite you to an exceptional webinar hosted by the Institute for Human Centered Design. Join us for "Nature, Design, and Health: Explorations of a Landscape Architect," a compelling presentation by the esteemed David Kamp, FASLA.

David Kamp, founding principal of…

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User/Expert Lab

A user/expert is a person who has developed expertise by means of their lived experience in dealing with the challenges of the environment due to a physical, sensory or cognitive functional limitation. IHCD has an established database of user/experts who range from adolescents to people in their ‘80s. Participants help review the usability and accessibility of physical environments as well as products, services and new technologies.

two blind users sitting on a couch

New England ADA Center

IHCD is home to the New England ADA Center; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in all aspects of life on the basis of disability. There are five Titles within the ADA that outline rights and responsibilities of employers, state and local government, businesses and non-profits, architects and designers and individuals and advocates, and IHCD strives to help customers reach standards set by these titles.

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New England ADA

About Us

A discussion inside a libray


We are committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages, abilities and cultures through excellence in design.

IHCD employees


IHCD has built a large family of friends and allies over 30 years, and we are proud to say that this inner circle is characterized by both longevity of commitment and an appetite for the next frontier.

The outside view on IHCD's offices


IHCD is located at 560 Harrison Ave, Unit 401, Boston, MA 02114.

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The inside view of IHCD Library


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