Newsletter | Jan/Feb 2006

Accessibility and Universal Design Presentation
by Gilda Puente-Peters

Tuesday, 21 February 2006

6:30pm Presentation
6:00 - 6:30pm hors d'oeuvres & drinks courtesy of Hafele

Hafele's S.F. Showroom
151 Vermont St, Suite #9
(between 15th and Alameda St)
San Francisco, CA 94118

by February 7 to: Mimi Malayan
Phone: 415.398.3103

Is it appropriate, as a design professional, for one to create a design that meets only the minimum requirements of building codes and guidelines?

Please join us for this 1-1/2 hour presentation to discuss the legal, ethical and professional responsibility, licensed architects should take in project planning and design.

Gilda Puente-Peters, R.A., OWA, and Principal, Gilda Puente-Peters, Architects, Universal Design Specialists with Richard Skaff, Deputy Director, San Francisco Mayor's Office on Disability, retired, will present project design concepts that will provide you not only those basic concepts necessary to meet state and federal access codes and regulations, but also provide you with concepts that go beyond those minimum standards, including the philosophy of Universal Design.

Architects and design professionals must consider approaching design from a different perspective than we have in the past. Our past practice has been to design a project and fit in the design needs of the disability community without really creating environments that are useable by everyone.

Universal design takes an inclusive and broader approach creating a built-environment that serves all users.

There will also be a discussion regarding accessibility common design errors, construction tolerances and best practices. An update of the status of the State Access Specialist Certification program will be provided.

Note about the presentation location:
Hafele is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of cabinet, furniture and architectural builders hardware. They have a reputation for innovation and quality in offering products to increase efficiency of space while respecting design. Their products range from handles and knobs, kitchen and closet organization, to sliding doors and moving wall systems, as well as many other items in between. The Hafele San Francisco Showroom has been open since February of 1998. They are located in the heart of the San Francisco Design district. They cater primarily to design professionals, architects, interior designers, and building contractors. Though the company sells wholesale only to the trade, they welcome the general public to view our design solutions and a "European" perspective on hardware and organizational products. The Hafele San Francisco Showroom hosts many different events throughout the year that of are interest to design professionals, from valuable educational events where CEU's are offered at no cost to the attendees, to fun and promotional events like learning how to prepare Sushi from a professional. Their goal is to be of service to the design community by offering new ideas and solutions to common and difficult design issues.