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Designing for Special Populations Forum on July 24

The Northwest Universal Design Council (NWUDC) invites you to attend a forum on “Designing for Special Populations” on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (9:30–11:30 a.m.) in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Seattle).

Environmental Works Community Design Center and SMR Architects, both leaders in designing multi-family housing, will team up to present on the opportunities and challenges of designing for special populations. The presentation will look at a variety of housing types such as homeless supportive housing, homeless shelters, housing for veterans, housing for people with traumatic brain injury, and more. Presenters include:

Scott Starr, SMR Architects

Scott Starr, Principal at SMR Architects, an architect and partner at SMR Architects since 2010, has worked with nonprofit housing providers such as DESC and Plymouth Housing on five major supportive housing projects as well as homeless shelters and service centers.



Bill Singer, Environmental Works

Bill Singer, Director of Architecture and Housing Studio Lead at Environmental Works Community Design Center, has over 33 years of experience working on a wide variety of building types. Bill has particular expertise in the design of sustainable affordable housing and homeless supportive housing in the Puget Sound region.



Christina Congdon, Environmental Works

Christina Congdon, Designer at Environmental Works Community Design Center, has over 10 years of experience in architecture with an emphasis on housing. Christina’s focus is on underserved populations, including housing for people with disabilities, family housing, and rural housing.


The NWUDC is grateful for promotional support from AIA Seattle, the Housing Development Consortium, and Age Friendly Seattle. A color flyer is available online (click here).

This presentation is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is requested at

For accommodations or accessibility information, e-mail or call 206-386-1521 at your earliest opportunity.

Photo credit: Photo at top of Plaza Roberto Maestas in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood is courtesy of William Wright Photography and SMR Architects.