Designing Environments for Low Vision: Tools & Techniques

Learn from members of the NIBS Low Vision Design Committee about state-of-the-art techniques for low vision design.


Low vision is becoming an increasingly prominent design concern in America—one that presents architects with opportunities and responsibilities. In this session, you'll see best practices and big failures, and see some problem-solving, as you learn the latest tools and strategies.

An architect, lighting engineer, and optometrist from the NIBS Low Vision Design Committee will share state-of-the-art techniques you can apply in your work. With low vision already affecting 17 million people in this country's aging population, your practice is sure to benefit from their insights.

Learning objectives

  • Recognize types and components of low vision and how they affect perception of the built environment.
  • Apply rules and tools to designing environments, including basic rules for lighting design and wayfinding.
  • Compare new proposed standards that foster high-performance environments for people with low vision to general design codes and standards.
  • Share and contribute knowledge toward the development of a national standard for low vision.
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1.00 LU
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  • Nancy Clanton

    Nancy Clanton

    PE, FIES, IALD, LEED Fellow

    President | Clanton & Associates

    Nancy E. Clanton is founder and President of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm...
  • Dennis Siemsen

    Dennis Siemsen

    OD, FAAO

    Low Vision Optometrist, Division of Optometry | Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Dennis Siemsen is a low-vision rehabilitation specialist and medical optometrist in the...
  • Edward Soenke

    Edward Soenke


    Principal | The Design Partnership

    Edd Soenke, current chair of the NIBS Low Vision Design Committee, established the Design...