Tuesday / June 16, 2020 / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Gender Neutral Design: Restrooms and Beyond

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Gendered Design spans histories and cultures, visible in the language and classifications within building components, and in how we conduct business and address each other as colleagues and friends. As society becomes more aware of our gender non-binary nature, designers must tailor their techniques to design without bias and understand how “gendering” can adversely affect our global culture by impacting participation, inclusion, and emotional wellbeing. Inclusion is not difficult. In fact, in many cases it involves a simplification process making things easier! As with nearly everything, education and awareness is key.

Presented by leaders in gender-neutral design, this virtual program will provide historical context to  gender neutral design, real-world project examples for how gender neutral design has taken shape, inspiration for how gender neutral design looks to future designers to provide an inclusive built environment as a cultural platform for society to mirror, and a panel discussion on the process of educating and bringing awareness to the advantages of Gender Neutral Design in our industry.


A. Elizabeth Ortner, AIA, LEED AP is an Architect and Assistant Director for Project Management - Architecture for the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Heidi Neumueller, AIA, LEED AP, is a senior associate at Cuningham Group Architecture. 

Joel Sanders, FAIA is the founder of MIXdesign, an inclusive design think tank and consultancy that is a branch of his New York based, LGBTBE-certified architecture studio JSA (Joel Sanders Architect). 

Seb Choe is Co-Director of MIXdesign, an inclusive design think tank and consultancy. 

Grant Ullrich, Assoc. AIA, is a Deputy Commissioner in the City of Chicago Department of Buildings with responsibility for code development, policy, and administration. 


Register through ZOOM. (limited capacity)

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago & NeoConnect

Hosted By

AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

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Non Member Price