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Liability under the FHA extends to any entity – developer, architect or contractor – involved in the design and construction of the building.   Both 521 CMR and the FHA contain accessible design requirements for all residential units in a building containing an elevator and for all ground floor units in buildings without an elevator. We […]

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KMA is pleased to announce that Josh Safdie has been asked by Enterprise Communities to participate in this year’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) in June 2017.  AHDLI connects mission-driven designers and developers and facilitates collaboration on creating sustainable, universally designed, and affordable properties.

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KMA is pleased to announce that Josh Safdie has been asked to serve on the jury for the 2017 Housing Awards, co-sponsored by AIANY and the BSA. The Housing Design Awards are an annual event to recognize and honor design excellence and innovation in housing design. A slideshow of past awardees is available on the BSA […]

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Hazel Ryerson and Josh Safdie recently moderated a series of charrettes for Enterprise Communities. The charrettes are intended to help building owners, designers, and residents agree upon the priorities for aging in place in their buildings. Hazel wrote about her experience and takeaways for KMA’s blog in the post titled, Creating Lively Spaces.

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KMA is excited to be working with the Bostonian Society on its planned accessibility upgrades to the Old State House in Boston, MA. It is a unique challenge to incorporate accessible elements into historic buildings without affecting the essence of the original building.  Built in 1713 to house the fledgling Massachusetts colony, the Old State […]

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KMA’s Kathryn Denis, Access Planner,  recently led a BSA Access Committee panel on accessible micro-unit housing. The BSA published a news item on the presentation and discussion, which included using full scale diagrams to illustrate where the units met or fell short in complying with state and federal accessibility guidelines.

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Josh Safdie’s essay, The Ease of Universal Design, is featured on page 39 in the Winter Issue 2016: Domicile of ArchitectureBoston. “Although many of our clients are people with disabilities or older homeowners hoping to age in place gracefully, just as many are “typical” clients without disabilities, whom the average person wouldn’t expect to be […]

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KMA is pleased to be assisting the City of Boston in improving accessibility and the pedestrian path-of-travel at the Shaw Memorial and the Boston Common. This project incorporates both code requirements and universal design with attention to mobility, sensory, and cognitive impairments. Read the article in the Beacon Hill Times

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