Thinking Beyond Accessibility
Erick Mikiten thinks good design should work for everyone.
Erick Mikiten, AIA, was deeply involved in conversations about accessibility long before passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. A principal at Mikiten Architecture, Mikiten is an expert in the practice of universal design, defined as “the design of products and environments to be usable for all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation or specialized design". He sees building codes and the ADA as a bare minimum starting point—and implements that philosophy in a variety of building types, pushing boundaries in single-family homes and multifamily complexes to institutional facilities and commercial buildings.