Shelley Siegel, President of Universal Design & Education Network, Joins Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors

February 8, 2017

Syracuse, NY – Shelley Siegel, founder of Universal Design & Education Network, has been appointed to the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors. GUDC Chairman Peter Blanck said, “The GUDC recently appointed the nationally-recognized architect Michael Perry to the board, and today we welcome expert interior designer Shelley Siegel.” Siegel’s appointment to the GUDC is reflective of the board’s broad focus on Universal Design, with its diverse membership of professionals working across industries and disciplines.

Shelley Siegel, FASID is founder of Universal Design & Education Network, a Universal Design focused interior design firm, as well as a consulting designer with Siegel Design Group, Inc., a design-build company she owns with her husband, Roy Siegel. Siegel has over 30 years of experience in the interior design industry and a nuanced understanding of “beyond compliance” accessibility goals as evidenced in Universal Design, aging in place, and more. She is an educator and lecturer, has ADA expertise, and in 2016 was appointed to the U.S. Access Board, which is a presidential appointment.

Siegel brings to the GUDC a unique perspective at the intersection of interior design and accessibility. Siegel said, “A properly designed interior enhances the Universal Design concept and promotes function and usability of the built environment for all.” Siegel has broad expertise in Universal Design in residential, commercial, and healthcare environments.

On her recent appointment, Shelley said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the GUDC Board of Directors, and look forward to bringing my expertise to the organization.”

The Global Universal Design Commission is proud to welcome Shelley Siegel.

About GUDC

The Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (GUDC) is a not-for-profit corporation. It was established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services. The GUDC promotes understanding and use of UD so that all environments may be useable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation, retrofitting, or specialized design. Learn more at