Neil Murphy MRIAI – Senior Built Environment Advisor, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

  • Speakers Bio:

    Neil Murphy MRIAI took up the post as Senior Built Environment Advisor at the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority in October of 2008.

    Part of Neil’s role at the Centre involves providing technical advice on Universal Design and the built environment, project managing Universal Design research and design guidance publications and the promotion of Universal Design for the built environment in Ireland. Neil was the Project Manager for the revised CEUD publication, ‘Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach’, ‘Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland’, Universal Design Guidelines-Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People Living with dementia, their Families & Carers and  ‘Shared Space Design from a Universal Design Approach’.

    He is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology & Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Architecture. He is also a registered Architect with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

    Neil has worked on a wide variety of projects in commercial Architecture in various Berlin & Dublin firms as both a Project & Site Architect for 12 years including winning an award for a boardwalk and river front amenity park in 2007.

    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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