Entries by Dallas Adams

Darlene is Doing More with Universal Design

Over a career spanning four decades, Darlene Davison has shaped the interiors of iconic landmarks and historic homes throughout St. Louis. But don’t call her a decorator. As Director of the Interior Design program at Maryville University, Darlene uses a tasty analogy to differentiate the role of the interior designer. “I tell my students they’ve […]


Marcus Adrian Incorporates Universal Design to Level the Playing Field for all Levels of Human Ability

Kids who demonstrate an innate understanding of geometry, sketching precise blueprints and building elaborate structures from LEGO are often the ones nudged toward careers in architecture and design by the adults around them. After his father took him to visit Tom Hall, a prominent architect in Chesterfield, nine-year-old Marcus Adrian needed no further encouragement. “He […]


Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Jess Dashner Improves Access through Universal Design

The medical profession beckoned to Jess Dashner from a very young age, although which discipline to pursue wasn’t immediately clear. A life-altering family emergency ultimately helped her reach a decision. A high school student at the time, Jess watched pensively as her grandfather recovered from a stroke. But the fretful ordeal quickly became a source […]