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Design Matters 2 – International Design CompetitionFebruary 28th, 2011

This competition is a call for ideas to design a building block of an inclusive school environment that will uniquely enhance the quality of life for teens and adults with disabilities who participate in the Easter Seals VIP Academy.

Your design should support the program goals of providing these young adults with the vocational/life skills they require to lead fully productive lives. Traditionally little or no thought has been given to the environments in which these crucial services are delivered.

Utilizing inclusive design principles such as:

  • Access
  • Space
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Enhancing Learning
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Health and well-being
  • Safety and Security
  • Technology
  • Sustainability

Your building block should consider (but not be limited to) the following spaces:

  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Model residential apartment
  • Outdoor access
  • Greenhouse
  • Small group spaces
  • Individual study areas
  • Personal Care and Therapy
  • Technology Integration
  • Storage (for physical disability aids, etc.)

Your designs can focus on all or some of the spaces listed above. Size and location are left to the discretion of the entrant.

February 28th, 2011

March 1st, 2011



The competition is open to all architects, designers, students, artists or persons who can contribute new ideas to this challenge.