Join us Tuesday, August 18 on Instagram Live for a one-on-one conversation about consulting and architecture with Marcela Abadi Rhoads, FAIA. Follow us on Instagram at @AIADallas to be notified when we go live!

About Pivoting: Chats About Architecture Careers

When considering an education or career in architecture, you traditionally think of the resulting career path as a linear one – working in a design firm and advancing with gained experience. There are, however, myriad opportunities for professionals with a degree in architecture who possess abilities to see the big picture, create options for complex opportunities within and beyond the built environment, and utilize creative problem-solving and design thinking skills that can translate well into other professions. On the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon, please join Zaida Basora, FAIA, AIA Dallas Executive Director, for this “one-on-one” series of conversations with those who have made the leap to a successful alternative career path with their architecture background.

In partnership with the Architecture and Design Exchange

This Week's Guest: Marcela Abadi Rhoads, FAIA

Marcela Abadi Rhoads, FAIA is the owner and principal of Abadi Architecture and Accessibility. She received her Bachelor of Architecture in 1991 from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a registered architect in Texas and is one of only 500 active Registered Accessibility Specialists in the country and is considered an expert in the field. 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 and giving seminars to educate on the best way to apply the standards to their architectural projects. She is the author of two books: The ADA Companion Guide: Understanding the ADA and ABA and Applying the ADA both published by John Wiley and Sons. She is also a very active member of AIA, and the Accessibility Professionals Association. Marcela was selected by Governor Greg Abbot to be part of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council.



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