Northwest Universal Design Council: Karen Braitmayer, FAIA

The July 11 meeting of the Northwest Universal Design Council will feature U.S. Access Board chair Karen Braitmayer. Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design. She will discuss the work of the U.S. Access Board, an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities that is a leading source of information on accessible design, which she chairs.

Professionally, Braitmayer advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, other architects, and homebuilders and owners on accessibility under various laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and on compliance with state codes in housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to the U.S. Access Board. She was elected board chair earlier this year.

For more information about the Northwest Universal Design Council, visit

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  • Irene S.

    Karen Braitmayer's PowerPoint presentation on the U.S. Access Board is posted at The follow-up discussion was rich! Also, although the NW Universal Design Council will continue to post on MeetUp, I invite you to join the NWUDC Listserv ( to receive periodic relevant information. Finally, I invite you to participate in a survey that that will help the NWUDC steering committee plan future meetings. What topics interest YOU the most?

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, client declared an emergency meeting... darn it all I can't make the Meet-Up. My apologies Karen. I was so looking forward to your talk.

    July 11, 2013

  • Irene S.

    By the way, you don't need to bring a MeetUp ticket--all are welcome at tomorrow's meeting.

    July 10, 2013

  • Irene S.

    I've run across a couple more articles about Karen Braitmayer's home. See Dwell magazine ( and Pacific NW magazine ( I understand her home is also featured in the book "The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities" (

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Irene for the links... it will make the discussion more informed. I'm actually coming at this from a graphic design point of view and "environmental graphic design". Graphics are greatly used in situations of transition and accessibility.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Irene S.

    Following are a couple links that you may wish to read prior to attending the NWUDC meeting:

    * Karen's website:

    * U.S. Access Board chair Karen Braitmayer makes her own mid-century house accessible (

    June 17, 2013

  • Irene S.

    Hot off the press for anyone interested in Universal Design, the Northwest Universal Design Council brochure was just posted at

    May 3, 2013

  • janice t.

    This should be an informational and networking opportunity for all interested in Universal Design

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Irene S.

    This should be an excellent presentation for anyone interested in Universal Design--architects, planners, interior designers, developers, builders, realtors, occupational and physical therapists, and everyone who believes that our built environment should be accessible to every person, regardless of age (young or old) or ability.

    April 24, 2013

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