Designing for All: Inclusivity in Architecture

In honor of Pride Month, Finegold Alexander staff share their insights on the importance of inclusive design.

June 26, 2024
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At Finegold Alexander, we strive to foster an atmosphere of acceptance, respect, and equality. Let's create spaces that welcome all, celebrating love and showing our support for the LGBTQI+ community today and every day.

Inclusive design in architecture ensures that buildings and spaces are accessible and usable by people of all abilities, fostering equality and enhancing the quality of life for everyone. By considering diverse needs from the outset, inclusive design promotes social integration and reduces barriers, making environments welcoming and functional for all community members.

"As architects, it is within our power—and responsibility—to consider all those that inhabit and use our buildings. Inclusivity by design, not only suggests spaces that are accessible, but also welcoming to all—no matter their identity; be it their sexual orientation or gender. This notion transcends beyond just incorporating gender-neutral restrooms, to really interrogating the ethos of a project."
    - Idael Cardenas, Designer

"Through inclusive design in architecture, we create spaces that foster equitable and just societies, enriching both present and future generations.”
     - Vanlim Ma, AIA, LEED Green Associate, Architect
“Inclusive design isn't just about meeting accessibility standards; it's about creating environments where everyone feels valued and welcomed, regardless of their identity. It requires thoughtful consideration of diverse needs and experiences, ensuring that spaces truly serve all members of the community.”
     - Christopher Lane, AIA, Principal
"At Gladstone, we worked closely with students to ensure that we designed their future school to be inclusive and welcoming to all. All 13 languages spoken at the school are being incorporated into a wall graphic that will be displayed immediately upon entering the school, and our hope is that students will feel welcome when they see their language represented on the wall. While we always consider things like accessibility and gender-neutral restrooms, inclusivity by design takes on a whole new dimension when you understand who exactly you are designing for.”
     - Kate Theodoridis, AIA, LEED Green Associate, CPHC, Architect