University at Buffalo | School of Architecture and Planning
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Current Services

The IDeA Center provides resources and technical expertise in architecture, product design, facilities management and the social and behavioral sciences.

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ADA Consulting

The IDeA Center provides consulting services to architects, builders, businesses, and attorneys to ensure the built environment is inclusive of all people. Our knowledgeable staff has expertise in all areas of universal design and accessible design, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Architectural Barriers Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, and all associated design standards. We can provide guidance during the design process, on-site evaluations and guidance during construction, on-site inspections of existing properties, and expert witness testimony during litigation. Our work includes accessibility evaluations of public parks, rights-of-way, and public buildings in two major U.S. cities, on-site inspections of several major college campuses, schools, department stores, and retail chains, as well as consulting and on-site evaluations of multi-million dollar housing developments. We work with all of our clients to provide a customized report of all accessibility concerns at any level of detail. For a free consultation, call Danise Levine today at (716) 829-5903 or email her at

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Home Modifications

The IDeA Center has been providing home modifications for over 20 years and the program seeks to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and older adults looking to age-in-place. Home modifications can include structural changes, installation of special equipment, and assistive devices. These range from relatively inexpensive additions to complicated and expensive structural changes.

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Model Homes

The IDeA Center has partnered with a local builder in the collaborative design of model houses for the Horizon Home Show, presented in the greater Buffalo area every summer by the Buffalo-Niagara Builders Association. This home show, open to the public for several weeks during the summer, is an opportunity to demonstrate how universal design can be integrated into contemporary housing. Danise Levine, Assistant Director of the IDEA Center, has partnered with Richard Bergman of Heartland Homes to design a universally-designed house for the 2003, 2004, and 2005 home shows. Below are examples of the homes that were built for these home shows, including a floor plan and universal design features.

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Post Occupancy Evaluation

A research project designed to validate the claimed benefits and evaluate examples of universal design in public buildings. To test and document the claimed benefits of universal design, several post-occupancy evaluation methods have been developed.

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Product Development Program

The IDeA Center's Product Development Program develops new product ideas, obtains intellectual property rights, if applicable, and develops licensing and royalty agreements with manufacturers. The Center also works with businesses to help them apply universal design to their product development and marketing initiatives.

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Universal Design Education Online

UDEO is a support site for educators and students in their teaching and studying of Universal Design.

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