Maria Barile, 1953-2013
SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our student, Maria Barile, who was completing her MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design and who will be granted a posthumous degree in October.
A co-founder of the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada and Director of the Éco-Accès consultancy, Maria, like many of our students, was undertaking her studies on a part-time basis while engaged in many other activities, notably championing the rights of people, especially women, with disabilities. Based in Ontario, Canada, Maria began her Salford studies in 2010, primarily as a PG Cert student, then later as a Master’s candidate, attending our week-long summer school in 2012.
She was in the final stages of completing her thesis on Universal Design and Sustainability when she died, leaving behind an important legacy linking two of the most important challenges facing the built environment in the modern age.