FishHawk Ranch resident and local business owner Kimberly Albritton recently returned from a biennial international conference on inclusive design held in London, England in April of this year.  Albritton owns Focus Design Services.

The only delegate from the state of Florida, and one of only five from the U.S., she made the trip to present her findings on perceived barriers to the use of inclusive design as a standard practice in the professional and academic design/build industries.

Albritton’s paper “Invisible Inclusivity:  Raising the Bar within the Design Community” was selected for presentation and publication in the conference proceedings following a call for papers issued last October.  The conference, titled Include 2009, was held at The Royal College of Art in the area of London known as Kensington with reception activities taking place in the adjacent Royal Albert Hall.

Focus Design Services specializes in lifespan design, a holistic approach to design of interior spaces that incorporates elements of sustainable, universal, and biophilic principles to create environments suited to a lifetime of use in the context of normal fluctuation of the human condition.

Complete residential design services are offered and incorporate an innovative team design approach that engages all stakeholders in a project to ensure successful design and client satisfaction. In addition, informational seminars and workshops are offered to promote understanding of lifespan design in public and professional realms as well as professional development and support for those practicing in the design/build and healthcare industries.

For more information on the services offered by Focus Design Services, please visit the Website at

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.