Associate Professor

Ulysses Sean Vance


My research in architecture is directed by accessibility in buildings and involves designing interventions for the health and well-being of underserved communities. It is research founded on inclusive decision-making in the planning and programming of institutional space and has primarily focused on differences in accommodating adolescent and geriatric health services, including medical, hygienic, physically active, respitive, and nutritionally-oriented interventions. Active projects have addressed the complexity of resolving health disparities in urban environments by examining the extent of adversity, material hardships, and the protective factors associated with physical, social, neurologically diverse, and behavioral-based concerns. Partners have included the NCSU College of Design Center for Universal Design, University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center, University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children's Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic, University of Michigan Momentum Center, and University of Michigan Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory. My current research with the Temple University Urban Workshop addresses the engagement of early adolescents who are physically and neurologically diverse and determining the operational and navigational needs for Variety the Children's Charity of Delaware Valley as they aspire to provide accessible cabins for their community. 

MArch, North Carolina State University, 2006
BArch, Tuskegee University, 1996


Sheikh Zayed Institute Award for Innovation in Pediatric Surgery (2012)
Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Contract magazine Bang and Olufsen Design Award (2004)