About Universal Design Summit 6

The Starkloff Disability Institute provides a unique educational experience showcasing good examples of universal design that can be incorporated into homes and neighborhoods. This is the sixth conference organized by the Institute.

Universal Design Summit is the leading conference in North America focused on housing and communities usable by all, UDS6 continues a tradition of providing exceptional content on universal design in housing, sustainable design, community design, and affordability. UDS6 will offer learning opportunities through informal discussion, breakout, and plenary sessions. The conference will feature exhibits, design charrettes, and workshops.

Continuing Education Credits are available. See what people are saying about previous Universal Design Summits.

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Saint Louis University

Busch Student Center

20 North Grand Boulevard

St. Louis, Missouri 63103

November 13-14, 2017

Saint Louis University is located in midtown St. Louis and is easily accessible by major highways, light rail, and public transportation. Lambert International Airport is the nearest airport, located approximately 20 minutes from the campus.


Architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, developers, builders / contractors, remodelers, design students, housing agency staff, non-profit housing organizations, code officials, public health professionals and other related disciplines.

Learning Opportunities for Professionals

Principle topics will include Universal Design in new homes and Universal and Accessible Design in remodeled homes. Other presentations will feature topics on design, building materials, products, and appliances.

Expanded Exhibits

Product and service vendor will provide exhibits throughout the conference to showcase the newest offerings in Universal Design. Anticipated 35+ vendors.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Units are anticipated for architects and occupational therapists, builders and remodelers, interior designers, landscape architects and planners.

Authors of significant new publications in the fields of accessible and universal design will be presenters and will have their books available.


UDS6 responds to the growing need for information about the 21st-century customer, home and neighborhood design issues. The current and future demographics of North America have produced a growing need for housing and communities that better support an individual’s day-to-day activities and are more accommodating as abilities change. The need is great and growing and the trends in home styles have not kept pace.

There are 125 million residential units in the United States right now. Perhaps 15 million of them have significant usability / accessibility features.

There are 60 million people living in the United States with some type of disability, a population bubble of 77 million “baby boomers” moving into middle age, and a group of older adults whose numbers will double by 2030. No domain is more in need of universal design than housing and the communities of which they are a part.

UDS6 will provide learning opportunities through informal discussion, breakout, and plenary sessions. The conference will attract hundreds of the nation’s most enthusiastic practitioners and thought leaders.