Architectural Barriers

ar-chi-tec-ture: the profession of designing buildings, open areas, communities, and other artificial constructions and environments, usually with some regard to aesthetic effect. Architecture often includes design or selection of furnishings and decorations, supervision of construction work, and the examination, restoration, or remodeling of existing buildings.

bar-ri-er: anything built or serving to bar passage, as a railing, fence, or the like: People may pass through the barrier only when their train is announced.

Most days I will answer half-a-dozen calls from architects, engineers, contractors or owners who are looking for an interpretation of the Texas Accessibility Standards.  They want to comply with the rules, but in worrying about the rules, it is forgotten that the goal is to build barrier free buildings.  Architectural Barriers are the things we create that deny access.  It is easy to think that these barriers are accidental, but they are intentional creations. (The ranch-themed lobby with the cattle guard at the entry was suspect.) The designer or builder may not have intended to deny access though the results are just the same.  This Blog will chronicle the best (and recurring) questions I receive each week concerning compliance with the ADA and the Texas Accessibility Standards.  I tried to create a FAQs page for our website [acico.com], but that takes a lot of thought.  This can be much more random.  And, fingers crossed, will help me to fill in that FAQs page that, as of today, has but one lone question.

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2 Responses to Architectural Barriers

  1. […] Americans with Disabilities Act only requires that architectural barriers be removed when it is readily achievable to do […]

  2. […] blog is focused on architectural barriers but it is the human barrier that is often responsible for denying access.  It is refreshing to see […]

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