Equity and inclusivity are top of mind in architecture now more than ever. And this focus increasingly extends to bathrooms and other spaces beyond what traditionally has received the spotlight.

“I think it’s time that bathrooms get realized as equally important, if not even more, to the human experience in a building than before,” says Cyrus Boatwalla, head of global marketing for ASI Group.

In this Studio Session, ARCHITECT Editor-in-Chief Paul Makovsky talks to Joel Sanders, founder of JSA/MIXdesign, and Cyrus Boatwalla, head of global marketing for ASI Group, about how to make bathrooms and other spaces welcoming for all. They examine the latest innovations and methodology that focus on accessibility, gender inclusivity, health and wellness, and religion in bathrooms and beyond, including case studies that show these concepts at work.

Joel Sanders is the founder of JSA/MIXdesign, an architectural studio and inclusive design consultancy dedicated to making everyday building types accessible and welcoming to people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural identities, and religions. In addition to being principal of JSA/MIXdesign, he is a professor at Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Public Health, where he teaches classes that examine the intersection of architecture and mental and physical health. Sanders is also the author of three books, and his projects have been featured in international exhibitions and the permanent collections of several museums, including MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cyrus Boatwalla is the head of global marketing for ASI Group and an experienced executive who has led businesses with diverse products and a varied portfolio of brands. His work managing divisions of Fortune 500 companies has included building consumer-facing as well as B2B brands.

This Studio Session is underwritten by ASI Group.

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