Chris Downey

Architect & Founder, Architecture for the Blind

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 in 2008. 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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