Buyer Beware; Design and Architectural Firms say they are experts in Accessible Design but are not

Display from 'The Human Factor', Science Museu...

Display from ‘The Human Factor’, Science Museum, London, 1999. (Photo credit: Science Museum London)

Interesting study which should be of interest to Building Owners/Managers & FM’s in Ontario where both LEED/BOMA Best & the OBC with Accessibility Addendum will collide in 2014 onwards. In between all of the discussion of LEED/BOMA Best and the AODA/OBC might the human factor get left behind?

Not if human factors/ergonomic specialists who take into consideration the capabilities of all building occupants, tenants, employees, visitors and customers.


A cautionary tale as the very architectural & design firms who do not understand the human factor are telling clients they are “experts” on designing for the human factor both physical and mental/cognitive. The fact our practice at Optimal has been in business for over 22 years improving these designs to include the human factor (with 85% of these occurring after the fact which is more costly for businesses) should be a clear indicator as to just how little Architects and Interior Designers know about the human factor in design!

Buyer beware as LEED/Boma Best and the AODA  is moving along at a very fast pace in Ontario.

Want to learn more about the model to maximize both FORM and FUNCTION? Contact us at Optimal Performance Consultants

JESleeth Managing Director OPC Inc


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