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Stepping Thru Interior Elements - September 25, 2015

10:00 am - 3:30 pm PDT, September 25, 2015   |   Organized by: Stepping Thru Accessibility (STA)


Stepping Thru Interior Elements

Date: September 25, 2015 (in-person and live webinar)
Location: On-line & Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA
Hours: 10:00-3:30
Host: AIA Long Beach/South Bay
Course Description: Stepping Thru Interior Elements

More info and registration, click here (coming soon) or email executivedirector@aialb-sb.org


Once you step thru the door into the interior of a building you encounter a countless number of different elements, each with its own parameters, and all are connected by an accessible route. There are requirements not only for the item itself but also how it relates to the facility as a whole. Whether we are talking about furniture or cabinetry, drinking fountains or sinks, machines or telephones, restaurant or assembly seating, they are all overlaid with their own requirements relating to reach ranges, clear floor space, and operating force. We will review a number of these elements regarding their technical and scoping requirements to better increase our language and understanding for accessible design.


An overview of the different elements typically encountered in the interior world once you step thru the door that can either to create or interfere with an accessible environment

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the scoping and technical requirements for various interior elements
  • Review clear floor space for different elements and its relationship to the accessible route
  • Learn requirements for adjacency and dispersion within a space or building
  • Overview reach range, approach, and the impact of operating force on elements in interiors

Typically 5 hours for the full seminar, 4 hours (eliminates machines & controls), or 3 hours (additionally eliminates sign types); also a 1½ hour presentation for classes eliminating code references)

Janis Kent, AIA, CASp

Janis Kent, AIA, CASp is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), serving all who are involved with access in the built environment, whether in private practice or the public sector. She has made presentations on Accessibility at numerous venues from Dwell On Design in Los Angeles, to Design DC in Washington, to the National AIA Conventions in Chicago, New Orleans, and upcoming in Atlanta. Her most recent book is the Second Edition of Stepping Through Accessible Details. Richard Halloran, Secretary of the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission, described the book as “The most comprehensive and thorough compilation of accessibility information I have encountered.” Ms. Kent is designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist, and she serves on the committee to develop the California state CASp exams. She conducts seminars for the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Residential Design and has presented to business associations including AIA Chapters, Chambers of Commerce, US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Manufactured Housing Educational Trust (MHET), California Public Parking Association (CPPA), and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Ms. Kent is a licensed California Architect, and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid- 1980’s. In addition to managing a wide range of architectural projects, she has surveyed numerous facilities for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for facilities throughout the country.

Registration Dates

Apr 01 - Sep 25, 2015


Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Boulevard

Norwalk, CA US

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