Introduction to Successful Accessible Design | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Introduction to Successful Accessible Design

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In the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Introduction to Successful Accessible Design, participants will analyze the impacts and conflicts of accessibility in society, the built environment, and the development industry. This course is offered in two formats:

Format Options:

Continuing Education Online Course - Register Now!

  • Take at your own pace
  • On-demand and online

University Graduate Course- More Information

  • Offered through the RAIC Syllabus program
  • Online Course
  • Includes graded assignments and tests
  • Course credit granted upon completion

This online course is built on the “Moodle” platform, a leading virtual learning environment that is widely used in education, training and learning course development fields. As a graduate level course for the RAIC Syllabus program, this entire course consists of several lesson units with their own unit description page, discussion board forum, presentation folder, exercises folder, resource folder and assignments. The University Graduate Course is a 12-week long course with a suggested completion time of one lesson unit each week. Each lesson unit will have up to three hours of guided learning content and up to seven hours of individual study, going through course resources and lesson unit exercises. Please note that since this is an online course, students always have the flexibility to complete the lesson units at their own pace.

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Each course is offered in English and French.

Introduction to Successful Accessible Design

This on-demand course introduces the concepts and applications of inclusive design as it applies to Canadian architecture and its built environment. Students will analyze the impacts and conflicts of accessibility in society, built form, and the development industry. In addition to learning the basic terminology and concepts, and having access to the latest resources, they gain practical experience including being able to spot the barriers that surround us as well as apply new skills in real-life applications of accessibility.

The exercises and assignments guide students through how to integrate accessibility in a holistic way within a variety of spaces. Accessibility measures and standards beyond the building code requirements are included to ensure students have a solid foundation. This course further illustrates a successful way of accessible design integration in their designs and help the student to re-create their vision of the Accessible Canada Act.

What are the learning outcomes?

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Skillfully infer the impact of accessibility on society through the design of the built environment
  • View all project aspects and work through the lens of accessibility, appreciating how inclusive design impacts the lives of people with disabilities and how inaccessible design barriers limit access, choice and rights
  • Establish the necessary vocabulary to discuss accessibility and appropriate language to use when speaking with persons with disabilities
  • Identify Canadian and regional regulations, legislations and standards for accessibility that will help to achieve inclusive design for places and buildings
  • Identify how accessible design should be integrated into the design process to achieve inclusivity and be compliant with our laws
  • Possess capabilities to apply evidence-based design and Universal Design principles to design elements in the real world
  • Successfully plan and run accessible public meetings including those for Accessibility Advisory Groups
  • Apply accessible design requirements and standards specific to different facilities and design problems


Member: $615.00 / Non-Member: $750.00
Intern Member: $400.00 / Intern Non-Member: $500.00

Student: $325.00 (must be an RAIC student associate member)

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP)