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The course will address how architects can design for disability better, beyond a box to check on a regulatory requirement list. It will explore how ideas about disability have evolved, delve into cultural, social and medical models of disability, the history of milestone accessibility regulations and their limitations. With this background, it will examine approaches to accessibility that have evolved in recent times. The course will introduce case studies and strategies to re-imagine accessibility beyond mere regulatory compliance to the design of accessible environments that focuses on visibility and inclusion. The course will set out an agenda for accessible architecture that is generative, integral to design, and affirms the dignity of people with disabilities, It will explore what such an inclusive architecture looks like.