Discussion (11)

  1. Dear Polia

    Learn it on the job, accessibility is too mundane a subject for the ivory tower.

  2. Leedle

    We were told in one of our classes that for extra credit we should print out the 2002 ADAAG guidelines. I got the extra credit without ever cracking the book. Now that I have been in the real world for a while I have all the awesomeness memorized.

  3. Matt

    Well, at my school, the architecture building *itself* wasn’t even accessible, so i doubt anyone there knew the concept existed.

  4. HTarch

    Codes and reality tend to diffuse “design” in school….

  5. Chris

    We had heard of “codes” in school, but the professors never deigned to discuss such topics; probably because their careers were mostly academic and had little actual experience. I learned everything on the job.

  6. In reality

    Students live in the same world the rest of us do, and if any of them have been in a public bathroom they should have a sense of proper scale for a toilet room. Seems like even if you proactively avoid teaching codes, scale in the practical sense is way underdeveloped amongst the architecture student population. If an architecture student designs an assembly space and can’t logically conclude that it needs more water closets than an office building–even in the absence of a code book–that worries me. It’s not necessarily about codes as it is about logical thinking.

  7. Jasmine

    at my school, the second project we work on is given by an handicaped teacher, so let me tell you we know ALL about accessibility code, and which minimum requirement does not work well in real life…

  8. Clumsy

    At my school, we learned the code starting the 2nd year til the end of the program. I was an interior design major.

  9. MrAverageGuy

    Spot on, some schools only worry about getting a name for themselves by farming out fourth year students on competitions then teaching real world skills.

  10. Drafter J

    Basically? No.
    I had to correct my design detailing professor a few times when it came to ADA.

  11. Cheated by life

    We started learning that during our second year. My studio instructor, which isn’t even a licensed architect, seemed to over-emphasize it when constantly talking about restroom details. Later I found out it’s because he was constantly doing restroom details for Foster & partners. I couldn’t stand the guy, he wouldn’t shut up about working for them.