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Developing the Inclusive Design Graduate Research Group: Reflections on a UD-Focused Architecture Program at a Public University

| Proposal No: 1228

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  • Korydon Smith, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo

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Summary of Session

This session reflects on the development and implementation of two graduate architecture programs (M.Arch. and M.S.) in inclusive design at a major public research university in the U.S.


This session on developing and implementing a graduate program in inclusive design has two aims. One is to present the context and focus of these programs, including: (a) the demographics and mission of the university and department, (b) the curricular structure of the program, (c) a sampling of the pedagogies of specific courses, and (d) sample student work. The second is to facilitate a discussion among audience members regarding: (a) how to establish productive, long-term educational partnerships across institutions and across disciplines, (b) how to recruit students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, and (c) how to recruit demographically- and culturally-diverse cohorts to inclusive design programs, including how to increase involvement from regions where inclusive design is less prominent (e.g., rural America, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, etc.).


  1. developing and implementing inclusive design curricula
  2. student recruitment
  3. cross-disciplinary partnerships

Speaker Bio(s)

Korydon Smith

Korydon Smith is associate professor in the School of Architecture + Planning at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design. His primary research focuses on design and social justice, while a second line of scholarship investigates alternative models of design education. Smith joined the faculty at Buffalo in 2012 after serving on the faculty in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas from 2001-2012, where he received six teaching and advising awards. Smith is the lead author of Just Below the Line: Disability, Housing, and Equity in the South (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), co-editor of the Universal Design Handbook, 2nd Ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2010), and editor of Introducing Architectural Theory: Debating a Discipline (Routledge, 2012). Smith holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and a professional M.Arch. with a concentration in architectural theory and design.