Office of Disability

Biography of Richard Duncan, MRP

Coordinator of Training

The Center for Universal Design
College of Design
North Carolina State University
Box 8613
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-8613

Phone: 919-515-3082
Fax: 919-515-3023

Richard Duncan is currently the Coordinator of Training at the Center for Universal Design, part of the College of Design at North Carolina State University. He has served as the Principal Investigator on a number of Center projects including and Safe and Accessible Homes for Independence, and The Excellence in Universal Housing Design Award. One of Dick’s recent projects, Affordable and Universal Homes for Independence, assisted Habitat for Humanity improve its capacity to produce universal housing. Another project, Universal Design Homes, opened a universal demonstration home in Atlantic City, NJ in May 2002. He has participated in the initial Universal Design Education Online Project, an online resource for learning about and teaching about universal design.

Mr. Duncan has spent over 20 years in the field of architectural accessibility and universal design in residential, public, and transportation environments. He has extensive experience in the design, costs, materials, and products in residential and non-residential settings. His work includes the issues of affordable housing and home and repair financing and transportation accessibility. Seminars, courses, workshops and speaking engagements have taken him across North America and to Europe. He is the 2003 recipient of the Icons of the Industry Award from the Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders.

He is editor of A Blueprint for Action, and was project director of the MBTA Guide to Access: Guidelines for Designing Barrier Free Transportation Facilities, and Access Boston: Design Guidebook for Barrier Free Access. Mr. Duncan serves on the boards of Housing Works and the North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition. He is a graduate of the planning program at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Duncan is also an associate with The National Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

Last Revised: June 17, 2004