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Francesc Aragall

President, Design for All Foundation : Spain

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A Philosophy and Literature graduate of the University of Barcelona, Francesc has established his career in the field of biomechanics, accessibility, ergonomics and Design for All, a concept which has been disseminated throughout Europe (through EIDD-Design for All Europe network, of which he was president (1998-2001) and global level as president of the Design for All Foundation.

A lecturer on several postgraduate courses as well as a frequent speaker at international conferences, he is author of several publications in the field of Design for All, for instance the European Concept for Accessibility Technical Assistance Manual (2003 edition), and Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business (December 2011). He is also Chief Executive and owner of ProASolutions SL, an architectural, engineering and design consultancy firm based in Barcelona which specialises in accessibility, mobility, sustainability, usability and Design for All, and founder of the company's Portuguese counterpart in Porto. He was responsible for urban accessibility, transport, and assistive technologies at Barcelona City Council during the construction of the facilities for the 1992 Olympic Games. In addition, he is a member of Barcelona City Council's Accessibility Working Group, Patron of the Barcelona Centre de Disseny (BCD) (Barcelona Design Centre), President of "Coordinadora del Diseño para Todas las Personas en España" (EIDD-Spain) and Board Member of EIDD-Design for All Europe.

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