Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind
Chris Downey - Architect
Chris Downey is an architect who lost his sight and gained a new way of seeing the world. Full bio
the audible pedestrian signal,
up against my unsighted experience
a lot of people are watching me.
to step out into the street,
and pulled me out into the crosswalk
from this man's death grip,
I don't get that in San Francisco.
out of our shared humanity,
quite found theirs yet.
the prototypical city dwellers
About the speaker:Chris Downey - Architect
Chris Downey is an architect who lost his sight and gained a new way of seeing the world.
Why you should listen
Chris Downey is an architect, planner, and consultant. Working with design teams and clients, he draws on his unique perspective as a seasoned architect without sight, helping to realize environments that offer not only greater physical accessibility, but also a dimension of delight in architecture experienced through other senses.
Downey enjoyed 20 years of distinguished practice on award-winning custom residences and cultural institutions before losing his sight. One of the few practicing blind architects in the world, Downey has been featured in many media stories and speaks regularly about issues relative to visual impairments and architectural design.
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