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Ms. Marcela Rhoads, FAIA

Principal,
Abadi Accessibility

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Abadi Accessibility

Bio

Abadi Architecture and Accessibility, Inc. is an award winning, full service architectural and consulting firm that has been serving the public since 1995 under the ownership of Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA RAS.

Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA RAS is the owner of Abadi Accessibility, an accessibility consulting firm that is dedicated to educating the building industry about the laws of accessibility. She received her Architectural degree in 1991 from the University of Texas in Austin. Soon after Marcela became a registered Architect in the State of Texas in 1999, she attended the Accessibility Academy Course given by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and became a Registered Accessibility Specialist in 2002. She is one of only 500 Registered Accessibility Specialists in the country and is considered an expert in the field. Marcela is an active member of the American Institute of Architects where she has earned several awards for her leadership and her service to the architectural community. She is also a member of Texas Registered Accessibility Specialist Association (TRASA) where she continues to hone her skills as a plan reviewer, inspector and training in the intricacies of the ADA and the Texas Accessibility Standards.

Marcela is sought after by owners and architects across the country who look to her for guidance to understand the accessibility standards throughout the design and construction process. She assists the building industry, in part, by producing a monthly newsletter to educate on the best way to apply the standards to their architectural projects. And in April 2010 John Wiley and Sons will publish her book “The ADA Companion Guide”

You can get in touch with Marcela via her website http://www.abadiaccess.com or email her at marhoads@abadiaccess.com. Follow her on twitter @Abadi_Access and connect with her on LinkedIn and Facebook

Specialties

  • Accessibility Compliance
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documentation: Drawings
  • Expert Witness
  • Facility Evaluation Services
  • Space Planning