November 27, 2005
by Canadian Architect
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a national veterans’ service and disability rights organization, has issued a call for nominations for the 2006 Barrier-Free America Award. Each year, the PVA honours an individual with this national award for sensitivity to the importance of accessible design, as well as the difference he has made through a particular project in achieving a barrier-free environment.
It is estimated that the demand for accessible design solutions will skyrocket in the next 25 years as the number of Americans over the age of 50 increases to a total of 115 million individuals. Add to this the numberAmericans with non-age-related mobility impairmentsand the US faces a significant number of individuals whose lives would be greatly enhanced through accessible design at home, work or in public places.
This year, for his role and influence in bringing accessibility issues to the forefront in the creation of Chicago’s Millennium Park, PVA honored Edward Uhlir, FAIA as the recipient of the 2005 Barrier-Free America Award. Previous winners of the Barrier-Free America Award have included Frederic Bell, FAIA, for the redevelopment plans of lower Manhattan; Cesar Pelli, FAIA, for his design of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport; and Bob Vila, for his promotion of accessible design through his television show and website, www.bobvila.com.
Submissions can be for, but are not limited to, individuals who work in the following areas: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Industry, Engineering, Facilities Management, Building Development and Public Education.
All award nomination entries must include a nomination form and essay and must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 13, 2006. Nomination forms can be found and downloaded at www.accessibledesign.org. The award will be presented in June 2006.
Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. PVA is a dynamic, broad-based organization with more than 21,000 members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more about PVA, please visit www.pva.org.