Vice President | World Deaf Architecture
Jade Ragoschke is a Taiwanese unilaterally deaf architect from Chicago and a graduate of New York Institute of Technology. She specializes in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible design. Jade has provided accessible upgrades to over 100 New York City Public Schools throughout the 5 boroughs while coordinating with a multitude of government agencies. As a recurring invited juror and studio advisor, she has been a source of education on the importance of accessibility to high school and college students. Jade believes that ADA guidelines are the floor, not the ceiling to accessible design and that architects can improve on the guidelines by finding new solutions to create an inclusive environment through multi-sensory design paradigms. Her design approach has been informed by her personal experiences in navigating the world with hearing loss. Jade believes that focusing on the public realm of architecture will provide valuable improvements to the quality of space for people with disabilities.
Jade was accepted into the 2018 AIANY Civic Leadership Program where she collaborated with nine other architects to explore unique ways architects can become civically-minded leaders within the profession. Currently, she is Vice President of “World Deaf Architecture”, a non-profit aimed to provide networking opportunities, professional development, and education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing architects.