Upcoming Events

Feb 11 2020 Online Learning /

TSA Technical Series | Evolving from Barrier-Free to Universal Design

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM0

IBI Group Multipurpose Room
55 St. Clair Avenue West
Ground Floor

$20 General Admisson, Free for TSA members using the discount code found in our e-bulletin!


We are kicking off our 2020 technical lecture series with a presentation on the changing environment of accessibility and inclusive design with Bob Topping of DesignABLE Environments Inc.

Do not mourn the passing of barrier-free design

This presentation will document the demise of the concept of barrier-free design and its replacement with the more progressive strategy of inclusive/universal design. The difference between the old and new systems will be explored through design examples and case studies. The presentation will also address how codes and standards are evolving to reflect the changing environment of accessibility and inclusive design. Participants will learn how to incorporate design strategies into their projects, resulting in the creation of built environments that are more inclusive for everyone.

About the Speaker

Bob Topping, B.Arch, MRAIC, OAA is an architect and accessibility consultant, a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is the president of DesignABLE Environments Inc., and a founding member of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES).

Bob has over thirty years of experience practicing and teaching architecture with a specialization and interest in the fields of barrier-free design and universal design. In his role as an accessibility consultant, Bob has assisted design teams realize the benefits of universal design and accessibility on projects within the transportation, justice, institutional, residential, commercial, education, health care and entertainment sectors.

TSA MEMBERS: TSA members receive free access to the Technical Lecture Series as well as early-bird registration . Please check your latest TSA email for your promo code and register now!

OAA MEMBERS: When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.

The venue for this lecture has been generously provided by: