Tim Gilbert (PLA, ICC, ASLA) has been at the forefront of universal design and accessibility since he helped develop the first accessibility checklist integrating the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations with California building codes over 25 years ago. In some ways his landscape architecture career evolved as he did. Early on, as a young father of two, he focused on creating parks, playgrounds, and schools that allowed children of all abilities to play and learn. Then as a self-described “aging baby-boomer”, he worked to make places and policies accessible and usable for all people to promote positive human interaction. Tim is particularly motivated to assist public agencies in expanding their perspective to include people with disabilities and applying inclusive design principles. Regardless of size or complexity, his expertise in access and inclusive design can be applied universally. But Tim emphasizes that what really matters are the policies and environments that emerge—enabling everyone to work, play, travel, and live with as few barriers as possible.
Tim is Director of Universal Design Services.