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The Centre of Design for All (CEDA) was established at the Faculty of Architecture – Slovak University of Technology (FA STU) in Bratislava in June 2007.

The Centre`s mission

Creating a seamless built-environment that can be used by all people, regardless of their age, size or ability.

CEDA is dedicated to the principle of universal design, enabling people in Slovakia to integrate in a society that takes in account a human difference and to interact with their environment to the best of their ability.

Universal design refers to the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size or ability. (Disability Act, 2005)

The Main activities of the Centre

To contribute to development of standards in Design for All, CEDA intends:

- Participate in relevant standardization work with national, European and international standard bodies;
- Provide research by collaborating, conducting and commissioning national and international projects and by active attending conferences, seminars and workshops;
- Encourage compliance with national and international standards in Design for All;

To promote education and professional development, the Centre will take a role of the coordinator and expert to:

- Ensure the development of appropriate Design for All-Universal Design courses in cooperation with academic, professional and relevant state bodies;
- Promote the introduction and integration of the principles of Universal Design in university curricula at each level of study (bachelor, master and postgraduate level);
- Ensure, as far as possible, the principles and application of Universal Design are included in commissioning and judging criteria recognized by professional bodies

To stimulate awareness of Design for All, CEDA will:

- Maintain a knowledge based on a good practice in Universal Design;
- Offer a professional consultancy to the people in difficulties caused by built-environment barriers;
- Promote an understanding of Design for All by organizing the courses for professionals participating an accomplishment of built-environment

The Centre`s partners

The Centre for Excellence in Design for All is Corporate Associate Member of European Institute for Design and Disability (EIDD) since July 2007 and will work in partnership with:

- Universities, academic and professional bodies; - Disability groups; - Government departments and public service; - Semi-state bodies; - Professionals working in the appropriate fields; - Business and industry organizations.

The most important projects of members of CEDA

Project Number: 1/0707/08 /Ministry of Education SR

Audit program – universal accessibility of the built environment

Main target:
The existence of the barrier-free environment is one of the conditions for social inclusion and employment of disabled persons. Because the influence of valid legislative regulations related to this field seems to be insufficient, it is necessary to find other more effective methods. One of them is the certification of buildings from the viewpoint of requirements in four groups of disability – physical, visual, hearing and mental. Plan of presented project of audit program is to define the basic requirements for buildings for housing, education, services, transport and leisure time in such a way, they would be accessible not only for all visitors and users, but they also would offer possibility to employ disabled people. Buildings, which will meet defined requirements of audit, will obtain certification and will be marked with international symbol of accessibility to be compatible with European Union requests.

Duration of the Project: 2008 - 2010

Project Number: 7203-0391/IP/BRATISL01 / European Commission
Lifelong learning programme: "Design for All – Universal Design"

Main target:
The general topic: "Design for All – Universal Design" within IP project will be dealing with new approaches of architects, urbanists, town-planners, designers and civil engineers to the barrier-free built environment.
The specific topic for IP 2007/2008:"Tourism for All" will deeper explore how designers can make positive impact on environmental, social and human dignity conditions for disabled people.
The following IP projects will deal with other themes (“Culture for All, “Sport for All”) to show the problem of Design for All in complexity and depth of it. The IP project will deal with the specific aspects of architectural and urban design in term of all aspects of human life.
The first one "Tourism for All" was picked up because of the chance to learn more about the countries and tourism conditions of each of the participants. They differ according the landscape, social, geographic and others conditions.

Coordinator of the Project:
Assoc. Professor Ing. Arch. Maria Samova, PhD.
Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology Bratislava

Participating Institutions:
Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Austria
University College Limburg, Department of Architecture, Belgium
Dresden Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, , Germany
Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture, Czech Republic
Gdansk University of Technology , Faculty of Architecture, Poland

Duration of the Project: 2007 - 2010

International Research and Technology Cooperation : Design for All - new method of seamless design in architecture, urbanism and product design supporting the integration of discriminated groups of people into the life of society, researchers - Samová, M., Čerešňová, Z., Keppl, J.,Korček, P., Puškár, P., Rollová, L., Szobiová, E., Špaček, R., Vitková, Ľ., Zborteková, K.,, EIDD, 2007 - 2009

Project Number: VS/2004/0554 / European Commission

Architecture and Urban Planning: Design for All from schol to practice


  • to include DfA education into the curricula of higher education institutions

- pervasive approach (infusion of DfA education throughout the curriculum, integration of DfA contents into existing courses, studios, seminars etc.)
- specialist approach (creation of standalone, separate DfA courses),
- combinations of these approaches

  • to create proposals of teaching schemes (pilots) for education on DfA

- to survey of the present state of DfA education in the world
- methodology of teaching DfA
- multidisciplinary aspect of teaching DfA

  • to give recommendations for content of courses

- to define sets of knowledge and topics covered in DfA – to categorise materials being taught – to create taxonomy (see Inclusive Design Curriculum Network – http://idcnet.info/)
- to help lecturers (teachers) to plan the courses (thematic content depends on target group of learners), to enrich existing courses with categories of knowledge and topics have not been taught yet

  • to promote creation of centres of excellence in DfA
  • mainstreaming DfA in the education and research sector – to advance DfA education – collaboration with policy and strategy decision making bodies

    Coordinator of the Project:
    ARVHA (Association pour la Recherche sur la Ville et l´Habitat), France

    Duration of the Project: 2005 - 2006 

    Architecture without barriers – Architecture for All : International Research Programme Higher Education Support Programme 61700, Corporate Programme of Open Society Foundation and Education Foundation of Ján Hus, No. 2002/8 researchers - Samová M.,Puškár P., Čerešňová Z., Korček P., Hürlimann M., Hürlimann K., Končeková D., Schleicher A., 07/2002-12/2003


    The most important publications of members of CEDA

    Samova M. & col.: Tourism for All, 1. Part - Lectures, 66 Pages, IP ERASMUS, FA STU Bratislava, 2008, ISBN 978-80-969981-6-6 – English language

    Samova M. & col.: Tourism for All, 2. Part - Results, 33 Pages, IP ERASMUS, FA STU Bratislava, 2008, ISBN 978-80-969981-7-3 – English language

    Samova M., Ceresnova Z., Rollova L., Korcek P., Majcher S.: Design of Barrier-free Environment – Basic principles and contents, 138 pages, Publishing EUROSTAV, Bratislava, 2008, ISBN 978-80-89228-10-2 – Slovak language

    Rollova L.: Barrier-free housing, In. Bacova and Co.: Housing in Slovakia, p. 76-89, Publishing EUROSTAV, Bratislava, 2007, ISBN 978-80-89228-13-3 – Slovak language

    Samova M., Ceresnova Z., Rollova L., Korcek P..: Part 6. - Design of Barrier-free Environment. In: ANTAL a kol.: Practical Manual for Functional and Technical Requirements on the Buildings, Verlag Dashőfer, Bratislava, 2005, ISSN 1335-8634 – Slovak language

    Samova M., Ceresnova Z, Rollova L.:.: Barrier – free Environment (Macro-environment) In: Planning, Ethics, and Religion II., p. 213-219, ROAD – FA STU, Bratislava, 2002, ISBN 80-88999-16-2 – English language

    Samova M., Ceresnova Z.: Barrier-free Environment (Micro-environment). In: Design and Aesthetics of Urban and Rural Areas, Project TEMPUS/PHARE (IB – IB – JET – 13424-98), SPECTRA, p. 241 – 247, ROAD – FA STU Bratislava, 2001, ISBN 808899-07-3 – English language

    Samova M., Mikulova (Ceresnova) Z.: Barrier-free Design for Visually Impaired People – Metodology Guide, Únia nevidiacich a slabozrakých Slovenska, Bratislava, 1997

    Čerešňová, Z.: Universal Design of Cultural Buildings, PhD thesis, 2001
    Rollová, L.: Barrier-free Design of Facilities for Swimming Sport and Recreation, PhD thesis, 2003
    Korček, P: Barrier-free Design of Selected Types of Transport Buildings, PhD thesis, 2006
    Majcher, S.: Humanization of hospitals, how can architecture meet psychological factors in hospitals, PhD thesis, 2006

    Head of CEDA:

    Assoc. Prof. Mária Samová, PhD.
    Tel.: +421 2 57 27 64 19
    Fax.: +421 2 52 96 87 47
    E-mail: maria.samova@stuba.sk

    Members of CEDA:

    Assoc. Prof. Lea Rollová, PhD.
    Architect Zuzana Čerešňová, PhD.
    Architect Pavol Korček, PhD.
    Architect Danica Končeková, PhD.
    Architect Eva Rusňáková
    Architect Martin Hudec