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New Research Report on Accessibility Design for Landscape Architecture

In order to lead the planning and design of inclusive, healthy, equitable, and safe environments, landscape architects have an obligation to be aware of and work in compliance with standards for accessibility. To meet this need, the ASLA Professional Practice Committee created Principles of Accessibility Design for Landscape Architecture: ADA, ABA, and Other Accessibility Standards and Guidelines as a technical overview of the national accessibility standards and guidelines.

The primary focus of this document is the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design (ADA Standards). These standards exist within a complex web of national, state, and local governmental and non-governmental organizations’ related conventions, codes, and documents. While related, each agency focuses on its role in supporting and achieving greater accessibility in the environment and society in general.

The goal of this overview is to encourage the designer to employ a wide view of accessible design. This will help the designer avoid missing significant, unique variations in accessibility requirements that may apply to a project.

ASLA members can download Principles of Accessibility Design for Landscape Architecture: ADA, ABA, and Other Accessibility Standards and Guidelines for free and can purchase and pass a self-study exam to earn 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW).

ASLA publishes the ASLA Research Reports to encourage professionals to share specialized expertise relating to landscape architecture. ASLA considers these reports to be important contributions to a necessary and ongoing dialogue within a large and diverse community of landscape architecture researchers and practitioners.

Visit asla.org/researchreports for the full catalog of ASLA Research Reports.


Many thanks to the authors and contributors of this report.

Contributing Authors:
Drew Braley, ASLA, Browning Day
Carl Kelemen, FASLA, KMS Design Group, LLC
Nate Lowry, ASLA, Mackay Sposito
David Milligan, FASLA, IntersectDFM
Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA, 2GHO | Gentile Holloway O’Mahoney & Associates, Inc.
Jason Radice, ASLA, University of Maryland
Jeffrey Tandul, ASLA, Environmentors

ASLA Accessibility Subcommittee Peer Reviewers:
Shawn Balon, ASLA, Storefront for Community Design
Chris Dacus, FASLA
Sally Horsey, ASLA, Halff Associates, Inc.
Patricia Matamoros, Associate ASLA, Savino Miller Design Studio
Phil McDade, FASLA, PLMLA
Alexa Vaughn, ASLA, MIG

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