Winners announced for 2016 International Association for Universal Design Awards

100 Broadview by Quadrangle. Photo: Brandon Barre
100 Broadview by Quadrangle. Photo: Brandon Barre

The winners of the sixth annual International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) Awards have been announced, including two Canadian winners.

The objective of these awards is “to contribute to the healthy development of society, and improve the welfare of humanity as a whole, through further disseminating and actualizing of universal design.” Featuring 16 diverse entry categories, the awards program acknowledges both groups and individuals around the world who are proposing and creating new products, systems and urban development initiatives that promote accessibility for all.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights received a Gold Award in the category of Public Space Design for The Inclusive Museum. Designed by Antoine Predock (Design Architect) and Architecture49 Inc. (Executive Architect), the museum is the first in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Using multimedia technology and other innovative approaches, the CMHR creates inspiring encounters with human rights for all ages.

Quadrangle was recognized with a Silver Award in the Architecture category for 100 Broadview Lobby. 100 Broadview, an adaptive-reuse renovation that converted a storage facility into a commercial rental building, had an inaccessible entranceway that lacked street presence and visibility. Recognizing the value of a building with a fully inclusive entrance and a bold identity, the building’s owner gave up leasable space in order to transform the entryway into a striking statement at grade, with a series of ramps that demarcate the property as a creative hub open to strollers, bicycles and mobility devices. Quadrangle’s solution for the 100 Broadview Lobby effectively uses universal design on a number of levels to welcome those with vision loss and all levels of mobility.

For the full list of winners, please click here.