Hansel Bauman, architect at Gallaudet University, fills us in on DeafSpace architecture

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Hansel Bauman is the Gallaudet University Architect, Co Director DeafSpace Institute (DSI) and adjunct faculty at Gallaudet University. He is the founding partner of Hansel Bauman, Architect + Planner and is a recognized leader in the field of “DeafSpace Architecture” with over twenty-five years of experience in architecture, planning, urban design, research, teaching and policy development.

Mr. Bauman is the recipient of the International Association of Universal Design’s 2015 Gold Award for the “DeafSpace Design Guide” a catalogue of over 100 architectural patters attuned to deaf linguistic, cognitive and cultural ways of being. The Design Guide was developed through the DeafSpace Project —an ongoing research and design project—he established in 2006 with Gallaudet’s Department of ASL and Deaf Studies.

As a DSI Co-Director Mr. Bauman has lead Gallaudet’s community engagement and creative placemaking activities supporting the university’s 2022 Campus Plan and 6th Street Development project since 2006. Mr. Bauman’s writings and lectures, including a 2014 TED X lecture and the Smithsonian Institution’s 25th Anniversary calibration of the American’s with Disabilities Act in 2015 explores DeafSpace as a vernacular architecture for a more sustainable and livable world. In 2013 he was appointed to serve on the International Code Committee representing DeafSpace issues on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf.

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