Entries by Peter Stratton

Wayfinding: An Interview with Katie Osborn

Katie Osborn, Principal and Chief Designer of Via Collective and expert wayfinding strategist, took some time out of her busy schedule to connect with SWA’s Victoria Lanteigne on the importance of wayfinding and to debunk the myth that wayfinding is just signage! Victoria Lanteigne (VL): Can you define wayfinding? Katie Osborn (KO): At a basic level, […]

The Reasons Behind the Requirements

Written by Theresa D’Andrea, Accessibility Specialist This month, several members of the Accessibility Team had the unique opportunity to experience navigating architectural barriers commonly faced by people who use wheelchairs. We attended a seminar held in New Jersey that involved actually getting into a wheelchair and going through a series of obstacles to experience just […]

Accessible Design: Common Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Part 2: Dwelling Units As promised, we’re back with Part 2 of the most common mistakes that our accessibility group encounters when assessing for compliance with regulatory requirements for accessible design and construction. This time, we’ll focus on frequent problems that we have encountered within dwelling units. Remember, in order to save time and money […]

Accessible Design: Common Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Part 1: Public and Common-use Areas After years of inspecting multifamily housing developments across the country for compliance with regulatory requirements for accessible design and construction, our accessibility group has compiled a list of common violations – violations that could easily have been avoided before construction even began. By addressing requirements for accessibility in the […]