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MC 00260 Guide to the Ronald L. Mace Papers, 1974-1998, bulk 1980-1998 (Bulk, 1980-1998)

The records are arranged in five series. The first series, Alphabetical Files, is arranged alphabetically and include correspondence, conference information, design consultations, disability rights material, and reports. The second series, Projects, is arranged chronologically, and includes site surveys, accessibility reports, photographs, proposals, budgets, work files, and architectural drawings detailing Mace's work on specific architectural and design projects. The projects have been assigned project numbers according to the year the project started, and follow numerically within each year. Each project is designated in the finding aid by the call number: MC#.p.project#.folder. The photographs generally detail building conditions that warrant changes in order to provide access, and many have been marked up by Mace to show the specific design changes needed. The third series, Publications, is arranged chronologically. Several of the items have been removed from their original binders, copies made of the cover, and housed in archival boxes. Otherwise they retain in their original integrity. Series 5, Videos, contains several video cassettes on universal design and disability issues, and Series 6, Artifacts, contains Mace's personal library embosser.
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[Box 1, Folder 1] Access Expo, Washington DC, 1991
[Box 1, Folder 2] Amelia Island Proposal, 1991
[Box 1, Folder 3] AIA/ADA Video Conference, 1991-1992
[Box 1, Folder 4] AIA Grassroots ADA Workshop, 1991
[Box 1, Folder 5] AIA Masterspec Technical Update Seminar on ADA, 1991
[Box 1, Folder 6] Arcor Focus Group, 1991
[Box 1, Folder 7] Barkey v. Cumberland County Board of Education, 1992
[Box 1, Folder 8] Barrier Free Design Templates, 1978
[Box 1, Folder 9] Barrier Free Environments, Inc., Business Affairs, 1991-1992
[Box 1, Folder 10] Barrier Free Environments, Inc., Firm Information, undated
[Box 1, Folder 11] Baxter Healthcare Corporation Proposal, 1992-1993
[Box 1, Folder 12] Better Business Bureau, Dole Foundation Proposal, 1991
[Box 1, Folder 13] Bobrick Barrier-Free Washroom Guide Mock-ups, 1992-1993
[Box 1, Folder 14] Bobrick Corporation, Washroom Planning Guide, 1991-1992
[Box 1, Folder 15] Bobrick Napkin Dispenser, 1992
[Box 1, Folder 16] Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation Technology Guide, 1992-1993
[Box 1, Folder 17] Collage Board, Mace Accomplishments, undated
[Box 1, Folder 18] Corporate Response to Accessibility Conference, undated
[Box 1, Folder 19] Decorating Remodeling Magazine Universal Design Conference, 1992-1993
[Box 2, Folder 1] Disablilily Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) Mainstreet Video Project, 1991-1992
[Box 2, Folder 2] Disablilily Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) Mainstreet Video Project Budget, 1991-1992
[Box 2, Folder 3] Disablilily Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), EEOC Refresher Course, 1993
[Box 2, Folder 4] John Doerr & Co., Vacation and Recreation Facility, 1993
[Box 2, Folder 5] Dupont Advertising Campaign, 1992
[Box 2, Folder 6] Dupont Advertising Campaign Poster, 1992
[Box 2, Folder 7] Dupont/Neocon Conference, 1992
[Box 2, Folder 8] Easter Seals of North Carolina Campground Accessibility Project, 1990-1991
[Box 2, Folder 9] Glaxo-ADA Presentation, 1992
[Box 2, Folder 10] Housing Resource Center, Remodeling and Buliding for Accessibility Conference, 1990
[Box 2, Folder 11] Hyatt Hotels Corporation, 1991
[Box 2, Folder 12] Landscape Architecture Forum, 1993
[Box 2, Folder 13] Lasco Planning Guide Review, 1992
[Box 2, Folder 14] Longmore, Paul K., 1991
[Box 2, Folder 15] Mayo Foundation, 1991
[Box 2, Folder 16] Mueller, James, 1990-1992
[Box 2, Folder 17] National Endowment for the Arts, Universal Design Leadership Initiatives Meeting, 1990
[Box 2, Folder 18] National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Title II Video Project, 1992-1993
[Box 2, Folder 19] North Carolina Museums Council Meeting, 1992
[Box 2, Folder 20] Pratt Center for Advanced Design Research, Universal Design Conference, 1991-1993
[Box 3, Folder 1] Smith and Stevenson Tub Seat, 1993
[Box 3, Folder 2] Smith vs. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1991
[Box 3, Folder 3] Southern Prisoners' Defense Committee, 1991
[Box 3, Folder 4] State of Utah ADA Self Evaluation Consultation, 1992
[Box 3, Folder 5] Triangle Industry Liasion Group, "Planning to Meet the Needs of an Increasingly Diverse Workforce" Seminar, 1992
[Box 3, Folder 6] U.S. Architectural and Transportation Compliance Board, "Airport Accessibility" Paper, 1990
[Box 3, Folder 7] U.S. Department of Justice, Architectural Support Services for ADA Act, 1992
[Box 3, Folder 8] Universal Design Education Project, Faculty Colloquium, 1993
[Box 3, Folder 9] University of Florida Regional Disability and Business Accomodation Center, 1991
[Box 3, Folder 10] Utah State University, Human Services Research Facility, 1991-1992
[Box 3, Folder 11] Wesinco ADA Symposium, 1992
[Box 3, Folder 12] Whirlpool Home Life Issues Report, 1991
[Box 3, Folder 13] World Institute on Disability, Advisory Meeting, 1991
[Box 9, Folder 1.1] Allied Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, (1979) (Project 79)
Photographs
[Box 9, Folder 1.2] Allied Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, (1979) (Project 79)
Work File
[Box 9, Folder 2.1] Bailey Tech, Kansas City, MO, (1979) (Project 79)
Photographs
[Box 9, Folder 2.2] Bailey Tech, Kansas City, MO, (1979) (Project 79)
Work File
[Box 9, Folder 3.1] Columbus Business University, Columbus, OH, (1979) (Project 79)
Photographs
[Box 9, Folder 3.2] Columbus Business University, Columbus, OH, (1979) (Project 79)
Work File
[Box 9, Folder 4.1] Dayton ITT, Dayton, OH, (1979) (Project 79)
Photographs
[Box 9, Folder 4.2] Dayton ITT, Dayton, OH, (1979) (Project 79)
Work File
[Box 9, Folder 5.1] ITT-Chelsea, MA, (1979) (Project 79)
Photographs
[Box 9, Folder 5.2] ITT-Chelsea, MA, (1979) (Project 79)
Work File
[Box 10, Folder 6.1] Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, (1979) (Project 79)
Review for Accessibility to the Disabled
[Box 10, Folder 7.1] Taylor Business Institute, Chicago, IL, (1979) (Project 79)
Photographs
[Box 10, Folder 7.2] Taylor Business Institute, Chicago, IL, (1979) (Project 79)
Work File
[Box 10, Folder 1.1] North Carolina Justice Building, Entrance Modifications and Lift Installation Proposals, (1980) (Project 80)
Photographs
[Flat Folder 1.2] North Carolina Justice Building, Entrance Modifications and Lift Installation Proposals, (1980) (Project 80)
Drawings, 5 sheets, various sizes, pencil and black ink on vellum and white paper
Entrance Modification Working Drawings, 5 sheets, various sizes, pencil and black ink on vellum and white paper
[Flat Folder 1.2] North Carolina Justice Building, Entrance Modifications and Lift Installation Proposals, (1980) (Project 80)
3 sheets, various sizes, pencil on vellum
Lift Installation Proposal Drawings
[Box 10, Folder 2.1] Section 504 Training & Technical Assistance to Handicapped Persons in the Northeast, U.S. Department of Education, (1980-1981) (Project 80)
Request for Proposal
[Box 10, Folder 2.2] Section 504 Training & Technical Assistance to Handicapped Persons in the Northeast, U.S. Department of Education, (1980-1981) (Project 80)
Business Proposal
[Box 10, Folder 2.3] Section 504 Training & Technical Assistance to Handicapped Persons in the Northeast, U.S. Department of Education, (1980-1981) (Project 80)
Technical Proposal
[Box 10, Folder 2.4] Section 504 Training & Technical Assistance to Handicapped Persons in the Northeast, U.S. Department of Education, (1980-1981) (Project 80)
Revised Budget
[Box 10, Folder 2.5] Section 504 Training & Technical Assistance to Handicapped Persons in the Northeast, U.S. Department of Education, (1980-1981) (Project 80)
Correspondence
[Box 10, Folder 2.6] Section 504 Training & Technical Assistance to Handicapped Persons in the Northeast, U.S. Department of Education, (1980-1981) (Project 80)
Final Budget
[Box 10, Folder 2.7] Section 504 Training & Technical Assistance to Handicapped Persons in the Northeast, U.S. Department of Education, (1980-1981) (Project 80)
Work File
[Flat Folder 1.1] Tub Seat Design, (1982) (Project 82)
Sketches, 4 sheets, various sizes, pencil on white and yellow tissue
[Flat Folder 1.1] Tub Seat Design, (1982) (Project 82)
Working Drawings, 2 sheets, 24 x 18, pencil on vellum
[Box 10, Folder 1.1] Vaughn Memorial Presbyterian Church Ramp, Faytetteville, NC, (1983) (Project 83)
Correspondence
[Flat Folder 1.2] Vaughn Memorial Presbyterian Church Ramp, Faytetteville, NC, (1983) (Project 83)
Schematic Drawings, 3 sheets, 18 x 14, black line on white paper
[Flat Folder 1.2] Vaughn Memorial Presbyterian Church Ramp, Faytetteville, NC, (1983) (Project 83)
Workling Drawings, 2 sheets, 18 x 14, pencil on vellum
[Flat Folder 1.1] Frank Barnham Residence, Durham, NC, (1984) (Project 84)
Site Schematic, 1 sheet, 18 x 13, blue line sepia on paper with pencil on yellow tissue overlay
[Flat Folder 1.1] Frank Barnham Residence, Durham, NC, (1984) (Project 84)
Schematic I, 1 sheet, 25 x 18, pencil on yellow tissue
[Flat Folder 1.1] Frank Barnham Residence, Durham, NC, (1984) (Project 84)
Floor Plan Sketch, 1 sheet, 8 1/2 x 11, red pencil on white tissue
[Flat Folder 1.1] Frank Barnham Residence, Durham, NC, (1984) (Project 84)
Working Drawings, 19 sheets, 24 x 18, pencil on vellum
[Box 10, Folder 1.1] Angier Memorial United Methodist Church, Modifications for Fellowship Hall Access, (1985) (Project 85)
Correspondence
[Flat Folder 1.2] Angier Memorial United Methodist Church, Modifications for Fellowship Hall Access, (1985) (Project 85)
Working Drawings, 2 sheets, 18 x 14, pencil on vellum
[Flat Folder 2.1] Marriot Southeast-Denver, CO, Fourth and Fifth Floor Public Restroom Revisions, (1985) (Project 85)
Working Drawings, 2 sheets, 18 x 14, pencil on vellum
[Flat Folder 1.1] Ambrose Residence, Design Modifications and Additions, (1986) (Project 86)
Working Drawings, 1 sheet, 36 x 24, pencil on vellum
[Box 10, Folder 2.1] Durham Arts Council Building, Durham, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Review and Recommendations Report
[Flat Folder 3.1] D. Paul Kelly Residence, Beaufort, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Preliminary Site Plan, 1 sheet, 17 x 11, pencil on vellum
[Flat Folder 3.1] D. Paul Kelly Residence, Beaufort, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Schematic Plans, 1 sheet, 36 x 24,
[Flat Folder 3.1] D. Paul Kelly Residence, Beaufort, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Exterior Elevation Sketches, 6 sheets, various sizes, pencil on yellow tissue
[Flat Folder 3.1] D. Paul Kelly Residence, Beaufort, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Floor Plan Sketch, 1 sheet, 23 x 14, pencil on yellow tissue
[Flat Folder 3.1] D. Paul Kelly Residence, Beaufort, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Kitchen Layout Sketch, 1 sheet, 8 x 14, pencil on white paper
[Flat Folder 3.1] D. Paul Kelly Residence, Beaufort, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Schematic Designs, 13 sheets, black line and pencil on vellum, blue & green ink on vellum
[Flat Folder 3.1] D. Paul Kelly Residence, Beaufort, NC, (1986) (Project 86)
Working Drawings, 8 sheets, 39 x 25, black line and pencil on vellum
[Box 10, Folder 1.1] Janis Palmer and Family Residence, Deck and Terrace Addition, (1987) (Project 87)
Correspondence
[Flat Folder 1.2] Janis Palmer and Family Residence, Deck and Terrace Addition, (1987) (Project 87)
Sketches, 3 sheets, various sizes, pencil on white and graph paper
[Flat Folder 1.2] Janis Palmer and Family Residence, Deck and Terrace Addition, (1987) (Project 87)
Working Drawings, 3 sheets, various sizes, pencil on yellow tissue
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Working Drawings, 28 sheets, various sizes, black ink and pencil on paper,film, and graph paper
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Preliminary Scheme, 1 sheet, 35 x 24, pencil and ink on paper
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Sketches, 2 sheets, 21 x 14, pencil on tissue paper
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Architect's Drawings (Ellinwood Design Assoc., Ltd.), 6 sheets, 35 x 24, blue line sepia on paper
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Entrance Elevation Sketches, 3 sheets, various sizes, pen and pencil on paper and tissue paper
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Entrance Elevation Sketches, West and North, 1 sheet, blue line and colored ink on paper
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Reception Desk and Seating Unit Drawing, 1 sheet, 35x24, black ink and pencil on film
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Revised Scheme I, 4 sheets, various sizes, black ink and pencil on yellow tissue and paper
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Modifications Drawings, 4 sheets, various sizes, blue line sepia and pencil on yellow tissue
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Floor Plan Drawings, 3 sheets, various sizes, pencil and black ink on paper, film, and graph vellum
[Flat Folder 1.1] Easter Seal Society of North Carolina, Office Additions and Improvements, (1988) (Project 88)
Floor Plan Sketches, pencil on tissue and black ink on paper
[Box 10, Folder 3.1] Jacqueline Sawyer Residence, Richmond, VA, (1988) (Project 88)
Housing and Environmental Design Plan
[Flat Folder 1.1] Conrad Residence, East Hanover Township, PA, (1989) (Project 89)
Working Drawings, 10 sheets, 38 x 24, pencil and black ink on vellum
[Flat Folder 1.1] Conrad Residence, East Hanover Township, PA, (1989) (Project 89)
Boundary and Topographical Plan, 1 sheet, 36 x 24, blue line sepia with pencil on white tissue overlay
[Flat Folder 2.1] HUD, Office of Housing, Prototype Design for a Small Group Home, (1989) (Project 89)
Schematic Drawings, 2 sheets, 38 x 24, pencil on vellum
[Flat Folder 2.1] HUD, Office of Housing, Prototype Design for a Small Group Home, (1989) (Project 89)
Floor Plan Sketches, 3 sheets, 35 x 24, pencil and black line on vellum
[Flat Folder 2.1] HUD, Office of Housing, Prototype Design for a Small Group Home, (1989) (Project 89)
Working Drawings, 11 sheets, 36 x 24, pencil and black line on vellum
[Box 10, Folder 4.1] Hunter Industries, New Manufacturing and Offic Facility, Cary, NC, (1989) (Project 89)
Universal Design Recommendations Report
[Box 10, Folder 1.1] HUD Technical Assistance Materials for Housing Accessibility Requirements, (1990) (Project 90)
Business Proposal
[Box 10, Folder 1.2] HUD Technical Assistance Materials for Housing Accessibility Requirements, (1990) (Project 90)
Technical Proposal
[Box 11, Folder 1.1] Alabama Work Release Centers, (1991) (Project 91)
Site Review Draft Report
[Box 11, Folder 1.2] Alabama Work Release Centers, (1991) (Project 91)
Site Review Final Report
[Flat Folder 2.1] Hyatt Hotel-Hilton Head, Grand Suite Recommended Accessibility Modifications, (1991) (Project 91)
Sink Sketches, 2 sheets, 8 x 11, pencil on yellow tissue
[Flat Folder 2.1] Hyatt Hotel-Hilton Head, Grand Suite Recommended Accessibility Modifications, (1991) (Project 91)
Sketches, 4 sheets, various sizes, pencil, blue and black line, and marker on paper
[Box 11, Folder 3.1] University of Virginia ADA Accessibility Study, (1991-1993) (Project 91)
General
[Box 11, Folder 3.2] University of Virginia ADA Accessibility Study, (1991-1993) (Project 91)
General
[Box 11, Folder 3.3] University of Virginia ADA Accessibility Study, (1991-1993) (Project 91)
Phase I: Jeffersonian Precinct
[Box 11, Folder 1.1] Doubletree Hotel at Allen Center, Houston, TX, (1992) (Project 92)
Site Report
[Box 11, Folder 2.1] Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman, British West Indies, (1992) (Project 92)
Site Report
[Box 11, Folder 3.1] The St. Regis, New York, NY, (1992) (Project 92)
Site Report
[Box 11, Folder 4.1] Sheraton at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA, (1992) (Project 92)
Site Report
[Box 12, Folder 5.1] Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Study, (1992-1993) (Project 92)
Study Report
[Box 12, Folder 5.2] Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Study, (1992-1993) (Project 92)
Task I Methodology
[Box 12, Folder 1.1] Downtown Tulsa Doubletree, Tulsa, OK, (1993) (Project 93)
Site Report
[Box 12, Folder 2.1] United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, (1993) (Project 93)
Survey Report
[Box 12, Folder 2.2] United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, (1993) (Project 93)
Work File
[Flat Folder 1.1] Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, (1995) (Project 95)
Program and Concept Design Drawings and Proposal (Quinn Evans Architects), 27 sheets, 17 x 11, black ink on white paper
[Box 12, Folder 2.1] West Virginia University, Downtown and Evansdale Campuses, Morgantown, WV, (1995) (Project 95)
ADA Study: Transition Plan
[Box 12, Folder 1.1] Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, (1998) (Project 98)
Report
[Box 4, Folder 1] An Illustrated Handbook of the Handicapped Section of the North Carolina State Building Code, (1974)
[Box 4, Folder 2] Accessibility Modifications: Guidelines for Modifications to Existing Buildings for Accessibility to the Handicapped, (1976)
[Box 4, Folder 3] Mobile Homes: Alternative Housing for the Handicapped, (1976)
[Box 4, Folder 4] Accessible Housing: A Manual on North Carolina's Building Code Requirements for Accessible Housing, (1980)
[Box 4, Folder 5] The Planner's Guide to Barrier Free Meetings, (1980)
[Box 4, Folder 6] The Guide: Making Accessibility Affordable: Facilities and Modification Guide with slide presentation, (1985)
[Box 5, Folder 1] "The System-Making Accessibility Affordable: Accessible Design and Product Information System, Vol. I, (1985)
[Box 5, Folder 2] "The System-Making Accessibility Affordable: Accessible Design and Product Information System, Vol. II, (1985)
[Box 5, Folder 3] "The System-Making Accessibility Affordable: Accessible Design and Product Information System, Vol. III, (1985)
[Box 6, Folder 1] Adaptable Housing: Marketable Accessible Housing for Everyone, (1989)
[Box 6, Folder 2] Group Homes: The Design of Accessible HUD 202 Small Group Homes, (1990)
[Box 6, Folder 3] The Accessible Housing Design File, (1991)
[Box 6, Folder 4] Interiors and Sources Magazine, Sept/Oct 1991
[Box 6, Folder 5] ADA Accessibility Guidelines: Tech Sheet Series, "Accessible Route", (1993)
[Box 6, Folder 6] ADA Accessibility Guidelines: Tech Sheet Series, "Areas of Rescue Assistance", (1993)
[Box 6, Folder 7] ADA Accessibility Guidelines: Tech Sheet Series, "Medical Care Facilities", (1993)
[Box 6, Folder 8] ADA Accessibility Guidelines: Tech Sheet Series, "Toilet Stalls", (1993)
[Box 6, Folder 9] Universal Design: Housing for the Life Span of All People, (1994)
[Box 6, Folder 10] Accessibility in Georgia: A Technical and Policy Guide to Access in Georgia, (1996)
[Box 6, Folder 11] ADA Highlights-Standards for Accessible Design: A Slide-Tape Presentation, (1996)
[Box 6, Folder 12] Residential Remodeling and Universal Design: Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible, (1996)
[Box 6, Folder 13] Case Studies on Universal Design, James L. Mueller, (1997)
[Box 6, Folder 14] Center for Universal Design Publications Guide, (1998)
[Box 6, Folder 15] Miscellaneous Brochures
[Box 7, Folder 1] "Open For Business", Disability Rights Education +Defense Fund (DREDF)
1 videotape of 1
[Box 7, Folder 2] "Toward Universal Design", The Universal Design Initiative
1 videotape of 1
[Box 7, Folder 3] "Work in Progress: A Video about Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)"
1 videotape of 1
[Box 7, Folder 4] "Work in Progress: A Video about Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)", with AD.
1 videotape of 1
[Box 8] Ronald L. Mace Library Embosser

Creator

Mace, Ronald L.

Quantity

6.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

8 boxes

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of the Estate of Ronald L. Mace, September 1998

Processing

Processed by: Sarah G. Carr; machine-readable finding aid created by: Steven Mandeville-Gamble

Scope and Content Note

The records in the Mace collection document Ronald Mace's work as an architect, designer, consultant, and educator, as well as an advocate for the rights of the disabled. The collection reflects work produced from 1974 to 1998, with the bulk of the material from 1980 to 1990. The records include correspondence, project reports, architectural drawings, videos, and publications. Much of the material reflects Mace's work as a consultant with BFE, Inc. Many of the site surveys and reports were undertaken to determine compliance with the public accommodation and facilities requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some of the projects include accessibility studies for the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Durham Arts Council, the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center, and Hyatt Hotels. The University of Virginia project shows the challenge of balancing accessibility goals with preservation concerns. Other projects and publications represent the involvement of Mace and BFE with the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Education. Their collaborations include training and technical assistance in Section 504 regulations designed to assure disabled people full participation in society, and publications on applying universal design concepts to affordable housing. Other publications in the collection include Mace's pioneering work on the Illustrated Handbook of the Handicapped Section of the North Carolina State Building Code (1974), and BFE's The System: Making Accessibility Affordable: Accessible Design and Product Information System, a resource for design and product information on accessibility. Many of these publications illustrate a focus on accessibility education. The architectural drawings reflect Mace's work as an architect and designer. Projects include the D. Paul Kelly residence, the Conrad residence, a prototype design for a small group home, and additions and improvements for the Easter Seal Society of North Carolina. Also included is a design drawing for a tub seat. Mace's prominence in the field of universal design is reflected in the numerous alphabetical files. These papers include information on conferences and seminars where he was a speaker, consultations with developers of accessible products, as well as documentation of his role in a Dupont advertising campaign.

Biographical Note

Ronald L. Mace, 1941-1998

Ronald L. Mace was a nationally and internationally recognized architect, product designer, and educator whose design philosophy provided a design foundation for a more usable world. He coined the term "universal design" to describe the concept of designing products and the built environment to serve the needs of people regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.

Mace was born in Jersey City, N.J. in 1941, and contracted polio at the age of nine. His spent his childhood years with his family in Winston-Salem, N.C. In 1966, Mace graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from North Carolina State University's School of Design. For four years he practiced conventional architecture before becoming involved in the effort to produce the first building code for accessibility in the United States. This code became North Carolina law in 1973 and served as a model code for other states. Mace's pioneering work in the field of accessible design was instrumental in the passage of national legislation prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. His efforts include work on the 1973 Federal Rehabilitation Act which mandates accessibility requirements for federally-funded programs; the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 which provides minimum accessibility requirements in all multifamily housing units; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that incorporates major building, transportation, and communications design requirements guaranteeing equal opportunity to all people in public service businesses.

In 1989, Mace established the federally-funded Center for Accessible Housing, currently known as the Center for Universal Design, at North Carolina State University's School of Design. The Center has become a leading national and international resource for information on universal design in housing, products, and the built environment. He also served as Research Professor in the Architecture Department at the School of Design.

Ronald Mace was also President of Barrier Free Environments, Inc. (BFE), an accessible design consulting firm, and a Principal of BFE Architecture, P.A., in Raleigh, N.C. He was Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and in 1992 he received the Distinguished Service Award of the President of the United States for his distinguished service in promoting dignity, equality, independence, and employment of people with disabilities. Mace was also awarded the 1996 American Institute of Architects Presidential Citation and a 1997 North Carolina State University Distinguished Alumni Award. Ron Mace died on June 29, 1998.

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