Apr 22, 2013

In December 2012, construction was completed on a 100 square meter flat in Zagreb, Croatia designed by IHCD and funded by the Open Society Foundations Mental Health Initiative.  The Universally-Designed flat, which is owned by the Association for Promoting Inclusion in Zagreb, now serves as the principal residence of four formerly-institutionalized adults with developmental and physical disabilities.  The 35-minute documentary discusses not only the specific features of the design of the flat, but also the human aspects of disability and inclusion as it chronicles the first important steps in the residents’ transition from their previous life situations to a new life, living independently as possible within the community.

To watch the documentary online, click here Link will open in new window

Apr 19, 2013

Josh Safdie was selected as one of the five inaugural winners of the First BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship on April 19, 2013.

Established in 1998, the BERKELEY PRIZE strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large. The primary goal for the BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship, which was awarded for the first time this year, is to focus students’ attention on the social and physical characteristics of the proposed users of the buildings and spaces they design.

See Josh Safdie's proposal and learn about the other winners

Apr 3, 2013

Last week, ground was broken for IHCD’s newest design project - a single-family residence for formerly-institutionalized adults with disabilities in Bucharest, Romania.  This project, for which the IHCDstudio has served as the principal architects, is being completed in partnership with the Open Society Foundations, Habitat for Humanity Romania, and Pro ACT Suport.  Construction will continue through the summer, and the new residents will move in after September 1, 2013.

For more information, click here [PDF].


To see more photos of the groundbreaking on the Habitat facebook page, click here.Links to external site

Mar 5, 2013

April 1, 2014 - Hampton, Virginia

April 8, 2014 - Boston, Massachusetts

April 30, 2014 - Newark, New Jersey

Jan 29, 2013

The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making.

In a letter to schools, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate

Learn more about it at the Department of Education's blog

To learn more about accessible sports, check out our Inclusive Sports Initiative

Dec 20, 2012

On December 4 the United States Senate failed to ratify the disability rights treaty by just five votes.  Since the lost vote on December 4, both Republican and Democratic senators have pledged to bring the treaty back for a vote in 2013.  National media coverage and public awareness of the disability rights treaty has exploded.

Click here or the lastest news coverage

Click here to read the convention itself

Dec 3, 2012


"This year’s Paralympic Games were a reminder of the immense potential of persons with disabilities to soar and to inspire. One girl wrote to a Paralympic gold-medal champion, “Watching as you overcome the difficulties of life, reaching for new victories and new heights in sports, I derive strength and inspiration.”


Persons with disabilities have a significant positive impact on society, and their contributions can be even greater if we remove barriers to their participation. With more than one billion persons with disabilities in our world today, this is more important than ever..."

Read the Secretary-General's full message

Nov 26, 2012


Professor Froyen has written an extraordinary book that captures the history and context of the inclusive design movement internationally. He analyzes the opportunity for moving beyond the conceptual commitment to universal design and shares a strategy for tying Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language to user/expert engagement on a large scale that would deliver a greater diversity of ideas, forms and materials for the spectrum of man-made environments to be more inclusively designed. 


To order a copy please contact Willa Crolius at or call (617) 695 1225 x235.

Books are also available at IHCDstore located at 200 Portland St Boston MA, 02114

Nov 1, 2012

The BERKELEY PRIZE supports the study and teaching of the social art of architecture. The online, two-stage Essay Competition (in English) is open to undergraduate architecture majors in accredited schools of architecture throughout the world. The Travel Fellowship Competition and the Architectural Design Fellowship Competition are open to the Essay Competition semifinalists.

Oct 30, 2012

November 15, 2012 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, IHCD is sponsoring a Socially Sustainable Design Symposium at the ArchitectureBoston Expo. It includes 8 sessions. IHCD will also be sponsoring two sessions Friday, November 16, on accessibility.


We have collected some reading materials to give context for the sessions.

You can access the documents here


More information about the symposium (PDF)