Come listen to special guest speaker Chris Downey, “an architect who lost his sight and gained a new way of seeing the world.”

Chris Downey at OSU
Chris Downey will be speaking at Oregon State University on Tuesday, May 13th.

An active architect before and after the loss of his vision, Downey is now a member of the board of directors for the San Francisco LightHouse Organization, and also teaches about accessibility and universal design at UC Berkeley. He is one of the few practicing blind architects in the world. With his personal business, Architecture for the Blind, Downey has consulted on the Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center in Paolo Alto, CA; the Duke University Eye Center Clinic in Durham, NC; and the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, CA.

During his trip to OSU, Downey will give four different presentations, with the main event on Tuesday May 13th at 6:30 pm in the Linus Pauling Science Center lecture hall. This event is open to the public.


Accommodations related to disability can be requested at or by calling 925-451-9726.


Presentation Schedule

Tuesday, May 13th:

Academic Presentation, 2:30-4:30 PM, MU Journey Room

Main Presentation, 6:30-7:30 PM, LPSC 125

Wednesday, May 14th:

Design Based Presentation 1, 9:15-10:45 AM, MU 208

Design Based Presentation 2, 11:00-12:30 PM, MU Journey Room


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