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Building Innovation 2014 Conference & Expo Program: LVDC Symposium

Low Vision Design Committee Symposium:
Creating Flexible Environments for People with Low Vision

Earn 3.5 Learning Units/Health, Safety, Welfare

Thursday, January 9, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Illuminating Engineering SocietyExplore how people with low vision interact with their environments; gain insight into the most common roadblocks people with low vision encounter; and learn the best practices in design that can be used to clear their way all at the Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC) Symposium: Creating Flexible Environments for People with Low Vision.

Designers from the architecture, engineering and lighting design arenas will present best practices for designing for people with low vision in both commercial and residential buildings. Representatives from the world of eye and brain medicine will discuss various forms that low vision can take and how the symptoms of specific eye diseases and conditions affect vision in different ways. In addition, the Committee will present its latest work on development of a design guideline/standard to address the needs of people with low vision.

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Deputy Administrator Susan Brita, a long-term advocate of rights for people with disabilities, will deliver the keynote address and set the tone for discussion by talking about her agency's commitment to accessibility in public buildings and the evolving character of P-100, Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service.

Architecture Professor James R. Jones, PhD, of Virginia Tech's Center for High Performance Environments and his dissertation students will present their work on developing early design simulation tools that can render—in early design phases—interior environments as seen by persons with different kinds of low vision.

The Symposium will offer a point-counterpoint panel discussion between users with low vision and the designers working to improve their environments, going straight to the heart of real-world issues in designing for and navigating the surroundings of people with low vision. Because some of the committee members wear both design and low-vision hats, expect a spirited and enlightening discussion.

The LVDC members will be staffing a booth in the Building Innovation 2014 Exhibit Hall. Be sure to stop by and try on a pair of low vision "goggles" to experience navigating the conference environment as a person with low vision.

Presenters and Topics
Speakers/Session Leaders:
  • Susan Brita, General Services Administration, Deputy Administrator
  • Dennis W. Siemsen, OD, Mayo Clinic
  • Gregory S. Knoop, AIA, LEED-AP, OKKS Studios, Architects
  • Nancy E. Clanton, PE, FIES, LC, IALD, Clanton and Associates, Lighting Engineers
  • James R. Jones, PhD, Virginia Tech’s Center for High Performance Environments
  • Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, PhD, Director, UI Integrated Design Lab, University of Idaho

The Low Vision Panel:

  • Vijay Gupta, PE, Chief Mechanical Engineer, GSA Public Buildings Service (ret.)
  • Frederick Krimgold, PhD, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction Program, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute
  • Barbara Milleville, President, National Capital Citizens with Low Vision
  • Marsha Mazz, Director, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

The Designer Panel:

  • Robert Dupuy, LC, IALD, Associate Principal, Interface Engineering
  • Greg Guarnaccia, IES, LC, Doubledge Design LLC
  • Gregory S. Knoop, AIA, LEED-AP, OKKS Studios, Architects
  • Eunice Noell Waggoner, IES, LC, President, Center of Design for an Aging Society
Symposium Schedule

The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

1:30 – 1:40 pm

Welcome

Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, President, National Institute of Building Sciences

1:40 – 2:10 pm

Presentation 1: Keynote

Susan Brita, Deputy Administrator, General Services Administration
A discussion on GSA's commitment to accessibility in public buildings and the evolving character of P-100.

2:10 – 2:30 pm

Presentation 2: Variations in Vision Impairment

Dennis Siemsen, OD, Optometrist
A discussion on the various types of impairment (eg—as presented in the National Eye Institute report, "Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Diseases in America: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, hyperopia, myopia"), plus how these present as limitations on functioning in the environment.

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Presentation 3A: Evaluating Human Visual Preference and Performance in an Office Environment Using Luminance-based Metrics

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, PhD, Director, UI Integrated Design Lab, University of Idaho
Architecture Professor Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, PhD will present his human factors studies on luminance-based measures as they relate to human visual preference and acceptance in spaces with daylight. The objective of his research is to study several luminance-based metrics to support improved integrated lighting design recommendations, computational analysis methods and control technologies.

2:50 – 3:10 pm:

Presentation 3B: Developing Simulation Tools

James R. Jones, PhD, Architecture Professor, Virginia Tech's Center for High Performance Environments
Along with Vidya Gowda and Dalia Hafiz, his dissertation students, Dr. Jones will present their work on developing early design simulation tools that can render—in early design phases—interior environments as seen by persons with different kinds of low vision.

3:10 – 3:30 pm

Break

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Presentation 4: Adaptable and Flexible Lighting Design

Greg Knoop, AIA, Architect and Nancy Clanton, PE, Lighting Engineer
An outline of the tools and techniques for lighting flexibility that allow individuals and building owners to respond to differing vision impairments. These will include lighting sources, fixtures and controls, as well as integration of building envelope components, including fenestration.

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Presentation 5: Point-Counterpoint

Low Vision Panel: Vijay Gupta, Fred Krimgold, Barbara Milleville and Marsha Mazz

Design Panel: Robert Dupuy, Greg Guarnaccia, Greg Knoop and Eunice Noell-Wagonner

Users with low vision and designers talk to each other about their issues, ranging from mobility to energy concerns and the balance of responsibility among design disciplines.

4:45 – 5:10 pm

Presentation 6: Design Guidelines Update

James E. Woods, PhD, PE
The committee chair talks about the guidelines progress to date; gaps in evidence-based knowledge; the need for research and transition of the guidelines to a standard.

5:10 – 5:30 pm

Presentation 7: Concluding Remarks

Robert Mayer, PhD, of the Hulda B. and Maurice Rothschild Foundation, and Cheryl English, representing the Jim H. McClung Lighting Research Foundation, offer concluding remarks.


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