Thea Kurdi has over 15 years experience in applying her knowledge of barrier free design and universal design to architectural projects of varying size and complexity. She has also taught courses in universal design and sustainable design to design students at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Thea has undertaken many facility accessibility audits including the development of audit protocols and checklists, as well as the preparation of audit reports. She is highly proficient with drawing and illustration software including AutoCAD, VIZ, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and maintains her proficiency by teaching the latest version of AutoCAD to professionals at the Sheridan College's CAD/CAM Institute. Thea is also familiar in developing educational materials and resource information on accessibility for students and the design community at large.
Thea has been learning American Sign Language (ASL) since 2003 for both personal use with her infant son and to better understand the design needs of the deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing community.
Thea is registered with Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) and an affiliate member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She is also the host of the award-winning Accessibility Edge radio show, and a member of the RAIC’s Age Friendly Housing Task Force.
Thea has over 15 years of experience helping clients understand what accessibility means, how universal design is better design for everyone and how to achieve the Human Rights Code.
Thea has presented workshops and participated in conferences around the world educating professionals on universal design of the built environment, including at the Canadian Home Builders Association's conference in 2010 about accessible housing, TRANSED 2012 in India, and this year at IIDEX 2016 “How Smart Green Design Choices Create Accessible Spaces” and as a panellist for the National Accessibility Summit.