Dr. Aimi Hamraie (They/Them)
Dr. Aimi Hamraie (they/them) is a disabled designer and scholar, with expertise in architectural and digital media accessibility. They are the author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), a history of the Universal Design movement and accessibility standards in the United States. Hamraie has also published numerous other articles on the topics of disability access, architecture, and urbanism in academic journals. They are quoted in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio, the History Channel, and other news sources. Hamraie works as Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where they train students in the pre-medicine and pre-health professions in the field of disability studies. Hamraie also directs the Critical Design Lab, a collaborative of disabled designers and researchers located in three countries. The Critical Design Lab was recognized with a United States Artists Fellowship in Media for 2022.