Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility in the built environment


How can we design environments that guarantee

inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility for all?


This project targets Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) as standards to guarantee environments suitable for all the population.

It is a collaboration between University of Cambridge and International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and is funded under the Marie-Skłodowska Curie action, from the European Commission.


The goal of the project is to understand and map challenges of the design process and points of exclusion in the user journey. 

We want to hear from YOU on what is working, what isn't, and what you need to help design buildings and spaces that foster equity and inclusivity.

Results from this research will be used to create a comprehensive tool for designers that helps to ensure inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the built environment of the future.


We believe in inclusion, from the start.


This project is grounded in inclusivity and diversity since the early development stage. We believe that talking with designers, with regulators, with construction workers and with people, who live and work in the buildings is fundamental to making tools that work.

The research process is people-driven in that the responses of those who design spaces will help to shape the outcomes and final product.

It is established on ethnographic research methods and approved by the European Commission and the Ethical Committee at University of Cambridge.

We welcome your precious, indispensable support and we would like to involve experts (regulators, designers, architects, engineers, construction workers, building managers) and occupants (people who use office spaces, public spaces and in general built environment) in this international project.




If I am an interior designer, architect, urban designer, civil engineer, sustainability leader, DEI leader/manager, access & inclusion lead, policy maker, and generally interested in ADEI, then my work has a huge impact for the future of the built environment and I'm perfect for this study.

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Several studies [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] highlight that the adoption of inclusive design practice for the built environment is very limited.

To tackle this challenge and to ensure that real-world concerns and experiences inform the creation of the final product, we are using an integrative, adaptive research process.

That’s why we need to work with people, to engage in conversation, and to understand the design process, and the user journey.

"We want to help designers, regulators, construction workers, and building managers  allow every single person to fully enjoy the beauty of accessible environments, and the joy of living spaces where many different people live, that guarantee equity for all and  inclusion from A to Z."

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement N° 846284.