Universal Design Africa

Using Universal Design as a progressive approach to social inclusion

Our Vision

To become the leading representatives for the application of Universal Design in technology, the built environment and in products to improve lives in Africa and the World.

Our Mission

To be at the forefront of development, governance and information dissemination concerning the application of Universal Design for the progressive approach to social integration.

Our Dreams

That Universal Design becomes integral to all professions and professionals as being synonymous with Good Design. We want to teach the City, the Country and the Continent about the benefits of the holistic adoption of Universal Design.

“Universal Design Africa is a company based on Universal Design as a progressive approach to social integration. Universal Design is a vehicle to create and enhance the functionality of environments, services and products for the widest range of users, recognizing the diversity of the human condition.”

Phillip Thompson  Member, Architect

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 “Individually we are one drop; But together, we are an Ocean”

Jessica Thompson   Architect

Phillip A Thompson

Phillip Thompson has broad experience in property development in Southern Africa, North America and the Caribbean. He has been a long-time advocate for Universal Design, Phillip’s focus is largely based on legislation and regulations as well as the built environment.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica has gained experience in various areas of Design and Architecture, from residential complexes in Italy to large scale developments, such as Amava Resorts, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Darren Barnard

Darren has gained local and international experience in various areas of Design and Architecture, from designing community centres & sound rooms in Mongolia and China to large scale developments such as the Cultural Bridge, in Plettenberg Bay and Amava Resorts, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.


Phillip Thompson

September 1, 2015


Jessica Thompson

September 1, 2015


Darren Barnard

September 1, 2015

“We enjoy sharing the projects and posts we make just as much as we enjoy creating them. Sit back & take a moment to browse through some of our recent completed work.”

Responsible Design

It is our belief, that design makes a significant impact upon our society. It is therefore, an imperative need for designers of the future, to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of these issues in order to bring about social change. That’s why we offer short courses & workshops to promote these key and fundamental principals.

Universal Access Audits

There is no campus too big or office too small for us to audit. We offer many audit packages that are tailored to the clients specific needs. We have had the opportunity to audit some of South Africa’s finest institutions such as: University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of Fort Hare, Stellenbosch Municipality and many more.

Web Audit & Design

Our audits don’t stop in the physical realm. We have the finest & brightest IT department who strive for excellence in all digital forms, from auditing websites; making them more user friendly, to increased accessibility & compliance with W3C, to developing and tailoring new websites or mobile platforms that promote our clients’ specific needs & requirements.

Universal Design Consultant

As Universal Design Consultants we are on many different committees and have been involved in many projects.  From public buildings such as, the New Engineering Building at UCT, to major transport systems such as, The Go George, The Gautrain. We unpack issues and find solutions for all our clients requirements and needs.

A little bit about our process.

We are 100% committed to all projects we take on. We believe that the client should always be fully informed about the statues of the project. We strive to achieve the brief given to us on time and Achieve all the client dreams and requirements.



Dead Lines Achieved


Clients Satisfied


Brief Executed


Client liaison

Projects Completed
Buildings Audited
Cups of Coffee

"Their work has always been professional and represents some of the leading work in this field in South Africa. We have confidence in their skills, knowledge and delivery."

− Ari Seirlis, QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)

"By far the best team I've ever worked with. They truly understood the look I was going for and completely nailed it! I would highly recommend them as a company. "

− MR G. V James, Director of Properties & Support Services

"Such a great team to work with, very professional. They achieved much more than I expected. Thank you UD Africa"

− Sebation Claypole, Architect

"I'm wondering why I never contacted these guys sooner! They have commendable talent in their fields and knocked my concept out of the ballpark. An amazing experience!"

− Mark Levin, Architect

“Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

–Ron Mace


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Universal Design: The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Click on the principles images to find out more.


Principle 1: Equitable Use

August 3, 2015


Principle 2: Flexibility in Use

July 3, 2015


Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use

June 3, 2015


Principle 4: Perceptible Information

May 3, 2015


Principle 5: Tolerance for Error

April 3, 2015


Principle 6: Low Physical Effort

March 3, 2015


Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use

February 3, 2015


Why take the UD approach

January 3, 2015

“We would love to hear from you, Send us an email or give us a call – We have the friendliest receptionist that is waiting for your call”

Don’t hesitate to reach out!

Send us a message or Give us a call. No question is to small for us to answer and no task is to big  for us to achieve

Find us here:

Address: Second Floor, Sunclare Building, 21 Dreyer Street, Claremont, 7708, Cape Town, South Africa

Phone: +27 21 674 5193

Email: admin@udafrica.com


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