The Past, Present and Future of Accessible Architecture

Over the last 150 years, Canada has taken a continuous and ever changing journey towards greater inclusivity and equality. Its architecture is no different. Recent changes in municipal, provincial and federal legislation have codified greater commitment to accessibility within the built environment. 

Join an expert panel for a discussion of how far we've come, where we are now and what to expect next for inclusive and accessible building design.

Session Details

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Friday, May 26th, 2017: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Lorene Casiez,BScN, MN, BDes

Team Lead, Auditor and Accessibility Specialist, AccessAbility Advantage

Lorene is an accessibility specialist whose passion for universal design derived from her background in public health and nursing. She has been instrumental in growing A+ into a leader in Public-Private Partnership (P3) Healthcare Projects and also has experience with accessibility audits, guideline development, drawings reviews, user evaluations and group facilitation. She strongly believes that the principles of universal design provide the basic foundation of good design for all.

Susan Ruptash, Architect, AAA, AANB, AIBC, MAA, NSAA, OAA, AIA, FRAIC

Managing Principal, Quadrangle

Susan brings a lifelong passion for creative problem solving to her pursuit of architecture to Quadrangle as Managing Principal. As Quadrangle’s resident expert in universal and inclusive design, she has been the project architect for major institutional projects. She is a co-founder of AccessAbility Advantage, a joint venture between Quadrangle and March of Dimes Canada, which helps businesses comply with standards introduced by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).


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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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