Photo: Barry Johnson
Anna Wintour may not have a future as a US ambassador, but the cause of aesthetics and good design is by no means lost on the government. In January President Obama appointed Michael Graves to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, which governs the independent federal agency covering accessible design under the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other laws. Announcing Graves's new post among a round of appointments, President Obama said, “These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
The Patriot Home at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, one of the two houses designed by Michael Graves and IDEO's David Haygood for the Wounded Warrior Home Project. Photo courtesy of the Wounded Warrior Home Project
Graves joins vice chair Karen Braitmayer, principal of the Seattle firm Studio Pacifica, as the only other architect on the board. Now that the body has 100 percent more top-notch design expertise at its disposal, we hope to see many more smart accessible designs along the lines of Wounded Warrior Home Project, a collaboration between Graves and IDEO partner David Haygood. The initiative, which we covered last year, rethinks home design for wounded veterans, many of whom must relearn how to navigate their lives after the loss of a limb. Watch a tour of the Patriot Home here.