Eibhlin O Connor – Senior Architect, Clúid Housing

  • Speaker Bio:

    Eibhlin O Connor is Senior Architect with Clúid Housing Association, the largest housing association, with the most ambitious programme for increasing affordable housing across Ireland. Eibhlin is a registered member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, she holds a post graduate diploma in Construction Law and Contracts Administration. Eibhlin is responsible for setting design standards, procurement and the contract administration of Clúid’s construction program, which aims to deliver 1,500 more homes in the coming 3 years. Eibhlin has extensive project management experience within the construction industry.

    Presentation Title:

    Home Design in Ireland from a Universal Design Approach

    Presentation Synopsis:

    The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has statutory responsibility to assist in the adoption of Universal Design of buildings and the built environment by those working in the field including for example; architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners, surveyors, developers, designers and those engaged in the construction of homes. The Guidelines for Universal Design Homes are important for everyone. They demonstrate how to design a home for life and take account of human diversity enabling individuals to interact with their environment to the best of their ability. They recognise the fact that for many of us, our abilities and needs may change over time.

    The aim is that these Guidelines will inform national policy and will be used in practice by all stakeholders – those who commission, design, build, provide and occupy homes. If new homes or alterations to existing homes are built to a Universal Design standard, they can meet the needs of the occupants regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. They will also meet their changing needs over time so that people can continue living in their own homes and communities as they get older or become disabled.

    Through the application of UD Homes Guidelines, customised features will be needed less frequently and therefore less costly, thereby improving the whole home design and development process for everyone in the future.

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