University at Buffalo | School of Architecture and Planning
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Current Services

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

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ADA Consulting

The IDeA Center provides advice and guidance to architects, builders, businesses, and attorneys to ensure the built environment is inclusive of all people. Our 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 associated design standards. Our expert staff provides advice to the design team during design, completes on-site audits during construction, completes on-site audits of existing properties, and provides expert witness testimony during litigation. We provide customized reports of all accessibility compliance issues at any level of detail desired. Previous work includes accessibility compliance audits of public parks, rights-of-way, and public buildings in two major U.S. cities, as well as several major college campuses, schools, department stores, retail chains, and multi-million dollar housing developments. For a free consultation, call Danise Levine today at (716) 829-5903 or email her at

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Universal Design Education Online

Our online courses address the principles and knowledge bases relevant to solving many design problems using universal design.

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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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