President of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. (UD&C)

John P. S. Salmen, AIA is a licensed architect who has specialized in barrier free and Universal Design for more than 35 years. He is president of Universal Designers & Consultants Inc., an accessibility consulting firm he founded in 1991 that specializes in the field of designing environments to be usable by people of all ages and abilities, to the greatest extent possible.

Salmen is one of the leading experts in the technical aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and an international leader in the field of Universal Design. Salmen has authored several books including: Accessible Architecture, The Do-Able Renewable Home, Accommodating All Guests and Everyone's Welcome, and is the publisher of the internationally acclaimed newsletter Universal Design Newsletter. He has presented hundreds of Universal Design and accessibility seminars, as well as keynote addresses throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.

Salmen has been a voting member of the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI) A117 Committee for more than 20 years and he serves on the Editorial Committee for the A117.1 Standards for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. The firm represented the American Institute of Architects on the ADAAG Review Federal Advisory Committee and Salmen was a voting delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. He has served for many years as an appointed member of the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities (MD).

Having earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota, he is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In addition, he is licensed to practice architecture in the State of Maryland. In his capacities as Technical Director of the National Center for a Barrier Free Environment in Washington, DC and his tenure as Director of Technology & Information for the American Hotel & Motel Association, Salmen has been involved in all aspects of design for people with disabilities and older adults. Today, Salmen devotes his time to code development, facility evaluation, design, construction, accessibility litigation, writing, research and teaching.


  • Bachelor of Architecture Degree awarded August 1976

  • University of Minnesota School of Architecture, Minneapolis, MN


  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)

  • International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI)

  • Maryland Architectural Registration

  • American Institute of Architects Potomac Valley Chapter, Member

  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives

  • American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)


  • 2006 AIA Potomac Chapter, Paul Kea Medal for Service to the Profession

  • ASID Certificate of Appreciation, 2002

  • Ron Mace Designing for the 21st Century Award, Universal Design Newsletter 2000

  • Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) DC Chapter, Letter of Appreciation, 1996

  • Progressive Architecture Citation, 1990


Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc.
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8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 430
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone/TTY: 301.270.2470
Fax: 301.270.8199




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