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Emerge by AIAU: Making Architecture Accessible

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Guided by the expertise and insight of industry professionals Brad Gaskins, Tom Hirsch, and Karen Braitmayer, this course highlights the history of accessibility by focusing on the work of civil rights organizations and the role played by members of the American Institute of Architects; discusses how universal design reinforces the principle of access for all; reviews the key requirements of complying with the ADA for new construction; and explains the best approach to updating existing buildings to comply with the ADA. This course offers entry into a conversation that is essential for emerging and seasoned professionals alike.

Course expires: 03/11/2027

Learning Objectives


Review the history of accessibility: How social equity issues for the disabled shaped the practice of architecture and how accessibility is integrated into architecture today.


Learn the how the principles of universal design improve the built environment, allowing easier access and removing barriers for all in the public buildings, independent of age and ability.


Evaluate how accessibility is governed by federal law and how it is incorporated in the building codes, which are integral to the design process for new building projects, citing examples and best practices.


Discuss the unique challenge of making existing buildings accessible, which requires an understanding of federal law, building codes, and the scope of the renovation being designed.