American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Accessibility: Design & Disconnects (2.5 MCE/HSWs)

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Presented by Michael D. Chambers, FAIA FCSI

Accessibility in California includes conflicting and overlapping Standards. Interpretation is probably the number 1 issue in accessibility, especially, consistency of interpretation. Another critical issue is establishing priorities for which barrier to remove. Is it possible to develop a rational interpretation and assessment protocol for accessibility issues that will help establish priorities?

This program looks at a number of disconnects discover during nearly 5 years of accessibility surveys in California. While blame maybe assigned to design professionals or to contractors, field studies suggests it is something more than that. A strategy for prioritizing and interpreting survey results will be presented.

Universal design principles will be briefly reviewed towards developing a holistic approach to accessibility and integration into the design and construction process. An overview of accessibility issues and checklists for resolving field issues will be presented. Finally, a wide range of disconnects will be presented and discussed as to why they happened even though the drawings were correct.

This program is part of Insight 2012. Join AIA San Francisco for two days of continuing education classes addressing leading issues on design, practice, and technology. This year's series will help you meet both your California and AIA continuing education requirements. Sign-up for one class or the whole series!