Richard C. Duncan, MRP, Executive Director
Mr. Duncan has spent nearly 25 years in the field of architectural and product accessibility and universal design in residential, public, and transportation environments. He has extensive experience in the design, costs, materials, and products in residential and nonresidential settings. His work includes the subjects of affordable housing and home and repair financing and transportation accessibility as well as community design for constituencies that include people with disabilities and aging households.
Mr. Duncan has worked at two of the nation's preeminent organizations in the field, the Adaptive Environments Center in Boston, Massachusetts and The Center for Universal Design in North Carolina and has been an associate with the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the planning program at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Leslie C. Young, MS, Director of Design
Ms. Young is a professional designer, technical writer and specialist with a 25-year multidisciplinary background in accessible and universal design. She has spent much of her career developing technical print and media materials translating law and regulation into practical design solutions. She co-authored the Fair Housing Act Design Manual for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, still considered the "text book" when complying with the Fair Housing Act. Her career efforts have been focused on community and residential design, museums, and state and federal accessibility compliance.
She worked closely with Ronald Mace for 15 years in his private firm Barrier Free Environments, Inc. before accepting a 10-year position at the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's degree in design at UNC Greensboro.
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