Architect Karen Braitmayer

The world needs more Karen Braitmayers.

Braitmayer, according to the American Institute of Architects, has been instrumental in shaping national policy on barrier-free design that benefits people of all abilities.

Braitmayer, who has been elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows, and her firm, Pacifica Studio, consult on projects involving universal design across the country.

Braitmayer is seen here in the blue-glass bridge at Seattle City Hall, where she pushed for a surface texture on the floor that wouldn’t be slippery for people using crutches and canes.

Her experience as a wheelchair user proved valuable early on in her career as architects regularly stopped by her desk for advice on barrier-free design.

“I’d find simple errors,” Braitmayer said, “that could have a huge impact on accessibility.”

To learn more about Braitmayer, who’s also an avid sailor, Click here to see the Seattle loft Braitmayer designed for a wheelchair user

(via Architectural Record)

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