Shelley Siegel, F.A.S.I.D., is founder and president of Universal Design & Education Network in Lake Worth, Florida. Â She holds a degree in Interior Design, is licensed by the State of Florida, and is NCIDQ qualified. Shelley also completed a graduate degree in Life Span Care / Applied Gerontology Studies at Nova Southeastern University.
Believing that encouraging independence in an aesthically pleasing environment can add to the quality of life, Ms. Siegel is dedicated to bringing universal design concepts into the home, workplace, hospitality, and healthcare environment. Knowing that a properly planned environment is not only safer, but promotes healing, Shelley is careful to include design elements which accommodate most of life’s changes including the normal processes of aging. She lectures nationally to design professionals on the ADA, building codes impacting design professionals, hospitality design, senior living facilities, designing for changing needs within a residential setting, green design in the healthcare environment, and the design professional as an expert witness.
She has authored numerous articles on barrier-free and universal design and was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida Coordinating Council on the Americans with Disabilities (FCCADA) and served on the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs ADA Advisory Board. She was a member of the advisory panel for the National Universal Design Program developed by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in an effort to involve more Designer Professionals in the process of Universal Design. Shelley is a member of the Universal Design Alliance, a national organization whose mission is to create an awareness and expand the public’s knowledge of universal design, which is design for all ages, sizes, and abilities.
Shelley is a past President of the Florida South Chapter of ASID. She sits on the NFPA Building Code 5000 Building Systems AND Life Safety Codes 101 Committee where she chaired the accessibility task force and is the past President of the Interior Design Associations Foundation (IDAF). Shelley served as 2002-2003 Chair of the A.S.I.D. National Education and Training Advisory Council (ETAC) and was a member of the NCIDQ Analysis of the Profession Panel of Experts. She also served on the 2003-2004 ASID National Codes and Legislative Action Council (CLAC).
Shelley Siegel is a winner of the prestigious ASID Medalist Award for her outstanding contribution to the Interior Design Industry in South Florida and was inducted into the ASID National 2004 College of Fellows, the highest honor the Society bestows on its members.
Currently, Shelley serves as Vice President and Programming Chairperson for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) of Greater Palm Beach, and is a member of the Leadership Team for Network Professionals, Inc. (NPI) of the Palm Beaches.