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Leading Denver Residential Architect, Gary Godden, Speaks on Universal Design at Recent Homebuilder Association Symposium


Representing the award winning architectural firm, Godden | Sudik Architects, Gary Godden was one of several keynote contributors in a recent HBA design symposium. 
In keeping with its three-pronged charge of providing the Denver area residential construction industry with advocacy, continuing education and networking, the Homebuilders Association of Metro Denver held the design symposium entitled, 60 Design Ideas in 60 Minutes, before a packed room of highly engaged association members and guests. Godden’s segment focused on the burgeoning architectural trend toward thoughtful universal design.
According to Wikipedia, the term universal design, “was coined by architect Ronald Mace and, refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to all, regardless of age, status or physical condition.”
“At Godden | Sudik Architects,” says Mr. Godden, “we try to incorporate universal design concepts into nearly everything we design.  It just makes sense to design homes with the greatest possible aesthetic appeal and accessibility,” he adds.
At the symposium, Godden spoke about tips and tricks he learned for seamlessly integrating universal design ideas into new home designs and remodeling projects, including things like no-step entries, accessible doorways, creating barrier-free floors, curbless showers, easy-to-use kitchens, proper location of handrails and grab bars and providing proper lighting schemes for aging eyes.
“It’s important that we continue to lead the way on such an important architectural trend,” says the highly respected architect, Godden. Given his expertise on and commitment to universal design, we expect his firm will do just that.


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