Removing Barriers: The Cost to Retrofit Existing Buildings to Ensure Meaningful Access | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Removing Barriers: The Cost to Retrofit Existing Buildings to Ensure Meaningful Access

SKU: CEAE20231204



In honour of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the RAIC and Rick Hansen Foundation hosted the following webinar:

TOPIC:          Removing Barriers: The Cost to Retrofit Existing Buildings to Ensure Meaningful Access

COST:            Free for RAIC members; Others $15.00

PRESENTER: Darryl Condon (he/him), Architect AIBC, AAA, SAA, OAA, NLAA, RIBA, AIA, FRAIC
                      Managing Principal, hcma architecture + design

LENGTH:      1 hour



Nearly half of Canadian adults have a permanent or temporary physical disability or live with someone who does – a trend that’s only expected to grow as the population ages. Despite an increasing awareness of these issues and efforts to remove barriers in new construction, many existing buildings remain inaccessible.

Join Darryl Condon, Managing Partner of hcma architecture + design, as he shares key data from a new study that investigated the cost of retrofitting existing buildings to achieve Gold-level certification with the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program.

Darryl will make the case that ensuring meaningful accessibility through retrofits and upgrades is not as difficult - or costly- as one might think.  With thoughtful planning, the right attitude, and a few simple strategies for success, he'll show how building designers, owners, and operators can ensure a more inclusive future for as many people as possible. 

Presenter Info

Darryl Condon is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive social change. As Managing Principal at Vancouver-based hcma architecture + design, he has created engaging public spaces across Canada for more than 30 years, including community centres, libraries, swimming pools, ice arenas, and high-performance sport facilities.

Darryl’s work has been recognized internationally for its design excellence with more than 80 awards, including four World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. He has lectured extensively across North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. Most recently, these talks have focused on designing for social impact, inclusion and accessibility, the future of community recreation, and the power of transformative architectural practice.

Darryl is a registered Architect, a LEED-Accredited Professional, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is a Past-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a former Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  1. Describe the construction cost implications of retrofitting existing buildings to RHFAC Certified Gold.
  2. Describe the knowledge and operational strategies that will make achieving a meaningful level of accessibility more feasible.
  3. Have knowledge to apply the study’s key findings to retrofits and upgrades across a broader spectrum of building typologies.
  4. Articulate how to prioritize meaningful accessibility and inclusion in the built environment.


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