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Universal Design Conference 2016

Event code: 79070

Universal Design in Public Places

27th July 2016 • 9.00am - 5.00pm  •  Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore

Guest of Honour: MR LAWRENCE WONG
Minister for National Development

The Universal Design Conference is an anchor event for the Singapore Universal Design Week 2016.
Themed “Universal Design in Public Places”, the 1-Day conference aims to accelerate the adoption of UD concepts in the creation of 

inclusive and user-friendly public places. This requires considerations made on the needs of everyone, including the elderly, expectant
mothers, parents with young children, families, and persons with disabilities.
A UD Exhibition themed “A Journey Through our Inclusive Public Places”, will be co-located at the conference. Through life-sized graphics 

and product displays, the exhibition will feature the inclusive design principles from the new UD Guide for Public Places.


Acting Deputy CEO (Building Control), Building and Construction Authority

Universal Design Implementation Strategy – Towards an Inclusive Built Environment

Ageing demographics and rising public expectations have become key drivers for a more inclusive and liveable built environment. To address the needs of all age groups and persons with different abilities, Singapore is moving beyond barrier-free accessibility to embrace Universal Design (UD). This presentation will share why UD is an important strategy for a future-ready Singapore, and how the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is gearing to improve inclusivity through new approaches and objectives to accelerate UD adoption in the building industry.


Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority, Ireland

Bridging the “Know-Do” Gap Through a Universal Design Approach: A National Perspective from Ireland

Building on a “culture of accessibility”, Ireland was one of the first countries in the world to legislate for universal design which established the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) in 2007. The centre focuses on the built environment, products, services and information communication technologies covering awareness, development of standards and education. Key to success is applying a participatory design process that enables all stakeholders (end users, public, private, communities, and professional bodies) to engage in defining the contextual issues as well as the problems resulting in better solutions, outcomes and consensus by all parties. CEUD employs a seven tier approach, involving information, education, toolkits, standards, legislation, monitoring and policy including the development of new resources, materials, practices and behavioural changes.



• “Like Human Do!”
Mr Riccardo Marini, Senior Director, Gehl Architects Copenhagen

• Public Housing • UD in Community Spaces
Mr Richard Hassell, Founding Director, WOHA

• Romantic Design: Empathy & Idealism as Drivers of Innovation
Mr Hunn Wai, Co-founder and Creative Director, Lanzavecchia + Wai

• Integrating UD in Projects
Mr Khoo Poh Bin, Deputy Managing Director, DCA Architects

• Development of the Therapeutic Garden @ HortPark – Design Guidelines and Challenges
Mr Andrew Foke, Manager, HortPark, National Parks Board

• People Centric Approach in Way Finding System at Mass Rapid Transit
Ms Goh Mui Mui, Manager, Architecture (Construction), LTA


A Forum on Family-Friendly Practice for Businesses
28th July 2016 • 9.00am - 1.00pm
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore (Paradiso Room)

29th July 2016 • 2.30pm - 5.00pm
TOUR 1 – Enabling Village; or
TOUR 2 – The Palette (condominium); or
TOUR 3 – The Integrated Building: Changi General Hospital

*Only for paid participants of UD Conference. Limited places available.
Balloting will be held if the number of applications exceeds the vacancies.

*Once the payment is received by BCA Academy, an invitation will be sent to your indicated email address to participate in the Complimentary Forum and/or UD Building Tour.

* Registration will close on 7 July 2016 for UD Forum & UD Building Tour.

27th July 2016 • 9.00am - 5.00pm
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore

Fees (incl of GST): S$275.00* / S$300.00

Fees (incl of GST): S$275.00* / S$300.00

*Group Discount (Min 3 from sameorganisation); BCA Young Leaders; BCAA Alumni Card Holders
(For registration with discounted fees, please submit manual application form with payment to BCAA)

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

PEB: 5 PDUs (Conference) / 2 PDUs (UD Forum)
BOA-SIA: 4 CPD POints (Conference) / 2 CPD Points (UD Forum)
SILA: 4 CPD Points (Conference) / 2 CPD Points (UD Forum)

As part of BCA’s sustainability efforts, electronic Statement of Attendance (eSOA) will only be issued to the participant on request. Please inform BCA staff on-site if you would like to request for the eSOA.

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