Mary Jo Peterson is president of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc., a Connecticut-based design firm that focuses on residential projects and provides design support to private clients as well as major homebuilders and manufacturers nationwide. Certified in kitchen, bath, aging-in-place, and active adult housing design with 25 years experience, Mary Jo’s work has earned national recognition, including induction to the NKBA Hall of Fame in 2009. With specific expertise in universal design, she has authored three books on the subject and is a frequent national speaker and educator. More recently, she has co-authored the new two day Universal Design/Build course offered by the NAHB. She is currently editing her latest books, Kitchen Planning and Bath Planning, published by the NKBA in 2006, as part of their professional resource library. Among her affiliations are active membership in NAHB, NKBA, and other national accessibility councils, where she contributes to the evolving integration of access and beautiful design.