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June 11, 2014
At Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, June 20-22, a variety of onstage talks will explore an expanded notion of design that includes users of all abilities. Click through the slideshow for a preview of what to expect.
Kitchen with wood cabinets and white countertops with window overlooking a backyard.
In Dwell on Design's Design for Humankind series of onstage conversations and educational sessions, designers will share how they address the needs of diverse populations. Designers from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and certified aging-in-place specialists Kerrie Kelly and Michael A. Thomas will hone in on creating interiors that optimize independent living. Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.
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Narrow modern home with stone front patio, at night
2014 ASID Designer of Distinction Tama Duffy Day of Gensler was recognized for her body of work in healthcare design, which demonstrates the positive impact design can have on the human experience. The ASID Awards celebration will take place during Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Alan Karchmer/Sandra Benedum.
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Modern wood home with large windows in a wooded setting
Tacoma, Washington–based architect Ko Wibowo of Architecture for Everyone will discuss his Stevens Addition, which he designed for Ken Stevens, an active, vibrant man who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Wibowo's clean-lined project is featured in the July/August 2014 issue. Photo by Coral Von Zumwalt.
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Interior of a modern home with floor to ceiling windows with views of trees
Architect Andrew Heid created a home for his parents, Ted and Andrea Heid, in Aurora, Oregon, that is all about easy access and innovative organization: rooms serve as living space during the day and double as private sleeping spaces at night. The three will talk onstage about creating a livable, modern home that will accommodate needs in the years to come. Photo by Michael Weber.
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Interior of modern, wheelchair friendly home with wood floors
The respective work of Karen Braitmayer and Erick Mikiten—wheelchair users 
as well as architects—offer people of all abilities the opportunity to live in beautiful, thoughtfully conceived spaces. They'll join us for a conversation about the intersection between universal design and environmental sustainability. Braitmayer will also discuss the renovation of her own home, pictured.
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Modern prefab home at night with tall trees
Architects Jared Levy and Gordon Stott of Connect:Homes in Los Angeles will talk onstage about the prefab home they built for a client’s octogenarian mother in a third of the time—and at a third of the cost—of a conventionally built home. The project is featured in the June 2014 issue. Photo by Joe Fletcher.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California
Environmental light and color have a direct connection with human health and well being, as ASID interior designer Deborah Burnett will explain in her presentation, Design for Humankind: A Prescription for Light. Using clear anatomical references and graphics, Burnett, whose consultation portfolio includes Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California (pictured), will explain how environmental light and surface colorations impact behavior, illness, and sleep. Photo by Erika Heet.
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Kitchen with wood cabinets and white countertops with window overlooking a backyard.
In Dwell on Design's Design for Humankind series of onstage conversations and educational sessions, designers will share how they address the needs of diverse populations. Designers from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and certified aging-in-place specialists Kerrie Kelly and Michael A. Thomas will hone in on creating interiors that optimize independent living. Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.

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