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PRESS RELEASE GAATES Welcomes Dr. Victor Pineda as President

The Board of Directors and Council of Trustees of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) are pleased to announce Dr. Victor Pineda as the new GAATES President. Dr. Pineda previously held the position of 2nd Vice President, and GAATES is pleased to announce his Presidency at a time when GAATES is expanding its global community of members and practitioners in accessibility and Universal Design.  As the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built, virtual and social environments, GAATES works to improve access for the estimated one billion people with disabilities around the Continue reading…

The UIA and RIAI Launch the ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards 2017

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has launched the second edition of the ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards. The Awards recognise and promote inclusive design – from buildings and public spaces to research – and are open to all architect members of UIA member sections. Entries can be submitted online, from 28 September until 20 December 2016, at https://uiafriendlyspaces.awardsplatform.com/. The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards are being administrated by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), based in Dublin. An international expert jury will short-list projects from around the world and the category winners will be announced Continue reading…