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ADA Live Seminar (5-hours)
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ADA Live Seminar (5-hours)

This five-hour course has been prepared to help architects earn the mandatory accessibility learning units required for licensure in California. For AIA members, our ADA seminars also provide health, safety & welfare (HSW) credits that count towards the 18.0 learning units required to maintain AIA membership in good standing.

When: 06/22/2018
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Pipe Trades Training Center (in the multi-purpose room)
780 Commercial Street
San Jose, California  95112
United States
Presenter: Gilda Puente-Peters, AIA, CASp-24
Contact: Chris Burnham

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A Five Hour Accessibility Continuing Education Event

The training includes a case study of the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind, highlighting the many features
and the inspiring design process and solutions to provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment for
persons with visual impairments and all users.



Photo Credit: Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects and consultant Chris Downey, Architect



Seminar Topics


Part I: 2.5 Hours

Site Accessibility and Universal Design Case Study

This seminar will cover site accessibility, including the scoping requirements, site accessible routes of travel, parking, passenger loading areas, curb ramps, detectable warnings, ramps and stairs. Common errors, omissions and best practices will be highlighted throughout the presentation. Universal Design case study of an indoor/outdoor museum. The benefits of mainstreaming Universal Design and the improvement in the quality of life for people with a wide variety of abilities will be discussed.


Part II: 2.5 Hours

Transient Lodging and Universal Design Case Study

This training session covers the accessibility requirements for transient lodging at hotels, motels, inns, dormitories, resorts, housing at a place of education and social service establishments. The topics include scoping and technical requirements for guest rooms with mobility as well as communication features, dispersion, storage, toilet and bathing facilities, kitchens, kitchenettes and wet bars. The presentation includes photos, drawings and graphics that illustrate the different topics covered.


Ticket Price:

Lunch will be provided for all attendees




(If you are a member of AIA Silicon Valley you must login to receive the member discount. Members of other chapters must call the office to receive the AIA Member discount) 








Learning Objectives:

  • Review of the site accessibility scoping and technical requirements that are an important part of most projects.
  • Understanding the benefits of Universal Design and inspirational case studies.
  • Transient Lodging Accessibility scoping and technical requirements.
  • Common errors and best practices will be discussed.


A certificate of attendance will be supplied at the end of the seminar. You must be present at the end to receive your certificate. The AIA Silicon Valley office will report attendance to The American Institute of Architects.





Gilda Puente-Peters Architects, (GPPA) CASp-24


Gilda Puente-Peters, Principal of GPPA Architects, is a licensed Architect and a Certified Access Specialists with over 30 years of specialized experience in Accessibility, Universal Design and Education. Gilda is considered an Expert in Disabled Access and has developed an extensive curriculum and has provided accessibility trainings throughout the State of California and Internationally. Ms. Puente-Peters has served as a member of the California Division of the State Architect’s Subject Matter Experts Committee to advice on the development of the State’s Certified Access Specialist Program.


Gilda brings to her trainings a wealth of practical experience from the wide variety of services provided by her firm, including Transition Plans, Self-Evaluations, CASp accessibility surveys, Plan Review, Inspections, Policy Making, Training Programs and Code Compliance Consultations for the public and private sector.


To learn more about the instructor visit our website:

Contact: 510-526-6226

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