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UD&C Team

President of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. (UD&C)

John Salmen is a licensed architect who has specialized in barrier free, accessible and Universal Design for more than 35 years. He is president of Universal Designers & Consultants Inc., an accessibility consulting firm he founded in 1991 that specializes in the field of designing environments to be usable by people of all ages and abilities, to the greatest extent possible.

Salmen is one of the leading experts in the technical aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and an international leader in the field of Universal Design.  Salmen has authored several books including: Accessible Architecture, The Do-Able Renewable Home, Accommodating All Guests and Everyone’s Welcome, has co-authored Universal Design Tips-Lessoned Learned from Two UD Homes and published the internationally acclaimed newsletter Universal Design Newsletter from 1992 to 2013.  He has presented hundreds of Universal Design and accessibility seminars, as well as keynote addresses throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.

Salmen has been a voting member of the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI) A117 Committee for more than 20 years and he serves on the Editorial and Scoping sub-committees for the A117.1 Standards for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.  The firm represented the American Institute of Architects on the ADAAG Review Federal Advisory Committee and Salmen was a voting delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.  He served for many years as an appointed member of the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities (MD).

Having earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).  In addition, he is licensed to practice architecture in the state of Maryland.  In his capacities as Technical Director of the National Center for a Barrier Free Environment in Washington, DC and his tenure as Director of Technology & Information for the American Hotel & Motel Association. Salmen has been involved in all aspects of design for people with disabilities and older adults.  Today, Salmen devotes his time to code development, facility evaluation, design, construction, accessibility litigation, writing, research, and teaching.


  •  Bachelor of Architecture Degree awarded August 1976
  •  University of Minnesota School of Architecture, Minneapolis, MN

Professional Certifications and Affiliations:

  •  Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA)
  •  International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI)
  •  Maryland Architectural Registration
  •  American Institute of Architects Potomac Valley Chapter, Member
  •  Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives
  •  American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

Awards and Recognition:

  •  2006 AIA Potomac Chapter, Paul Kea Medal for Services to the Profession
  •  ASID Certificate of Appreciation, 2002
  •  Ron Mace Designing for the 21st Century Award, Universal Design Newsletter 2000
  •  Construction Specification Institute (CSI) DC Chapter, Letter of Appreciation, 1996
  •  Progressive Architecture Citation, 1990



Andrew Yarrish, AIA is a licensed architect with 20 years of experience. Yarrish, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC, has worked on a wide range of national and international new construction and renovation projects including embassies, consulates, offices, transportation facilities, and physical security.

Prior to joining the UD&C team in 2003, Yarrish managed a three-year project to renovate the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India. This work included surveying, design development, and construction management. He also performed site surveys and developed master plans for the U.S. Embassies in Madrid, Spain, and Niamey, Niger.

Yarrish has worked extensively in the transportation arena, including serving as the project manager for the addition of an underground pedestrian tunnel and elevator added to the Federal Triangle Metro Station in Washington, DC. His work with UD&C includes construction document review, surveying and assessing accessibility properties of various sizes including boutique hotels, large resorts, and the country’s largest assembly sporting venue. He is licensed to practice Architecture in the State of Maryland.

  •  Bachelor of Architecture Degree, Magna Cum Laude
  •  Catholic University, Washington, DC
Professional Certifications and Affiliations:
  •  American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  •  Maryland Architectural Registration 
  •  The Washington DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Member

Consulting Manager
ADA Accessibility Specialist

ADA Accessibility Specialist Lee Swinscoe began working with UD&C in 2004 and became a fulltime team member in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree from the University of Maryland. He received his certification in the Certified Access Specialist program (CASp) in 2010 and became a founding member of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) in the same year.


During his tenure with the company, Swinscoe has worked on a variety of projects, including those in the lodging, retail, food and housing arenas. As consulting manager, Swinscoe is responsible for discussing projects with clients, providing client proposals, coordinating survey schedules, logistics and training new employees. He is also responsible for conducting property surveys, reviewing plans and drafting/editing reports. Swinscoe also assists in the development of instructional material and training sessions for various projects and clients.


Professional Affiliations:

  •  American Institute of Architects Students, University of Maryland, Community Service Chair, 2002-2003
  •  Certified Access Specialist Institute 2010 to Present

ADA Accessibility Specialist

Maureen McKeron holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Catholic University in Washington, DC and a Master of Architecture degree from University of Maryland, College Park. McKeron’s interest in Universal Design began while working on her graduate thesis project, the design of a multi-unit urban residence for individuals with Alzheimer’s. Her research enlightened her to the importance of barrier-free environments, especially for America’s ever-growing senior population.

McKeron joined the UD&C team in 2010, and has since worked on projects involving lodging, retail, restaurant, recreational, higher education, and office facilities. She is responsible for conducting property surveys, reviewing plans, drafting reports, and conducting training sessions for clients.


At UD&C, we enhance our core team with expertise from our vast national network of connections within the accessibility consulting industry, partnering and collaborating with consultants with diverse expertise. If you are interested in working with UD&C, as a consultant, employee or intern, please contact us for more information.