Last winter we invited individuals with lived and professional experience from across Canada to discuss the accessibility of heritage buildings. Using real federal heritage buildings as starting points, participants contributed both specific observations and broad perspectives on the value of universal access in the context of heritage sites.
Over the spring and summer we analyzed the qualitative and quantitative data collected from focus group and survey participants undertook both primary and secondary research to identify best practice examples of accessibility retrofits in heritage spaces. The latter included site visits across Canada and in select global cities including Washington, DC, USA, and London, UK, as well as conversations with the architects and facilities managers responsible for implementing solutions.
This fall we are inviting the public to take part in a second round of focus groups and surveys to evaluate and identify preferred approaches in the Canadian context.