Universal Design

Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. This includes public places in the built environment such as buildings, streets or spaces that the public have access to products and services provided in those places and systems that are available including information and communications technology.

Universal Design is based on 7 Principles that can inspire a universal approach to design. Each Principle has Universal Design Guidelines that can help when making design decisions. The HSAUDC Evaluation Criteria call for entries to identify alignment with at least 4 of these 7 Universal Design Principles.

There are also more specific; Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland, Shared Space Design and the Built Environment that are at:


Dementia Friendly Dwellings

Shared Space

Built Environment

Building for Everyone