Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp is a licensed California Architect, and has been involved with Access in the built environment since the mid-1980‘s. She is designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist, and participates in developing the state CASp exams. In addition to having managed a variety of architectural projects, she consults with HCID-Los Angeles for their public sector multi-family housing projects, has surveyed numerous facilities for accessibility compliance, and provided quality control for facilities throughout the country.
She has been asked to speak on Accessibility at a variety of venues from the Dwell conventions in Los Angeles, to Design DC in Washington, to National AIA Conventions in Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Orlando, and the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Residential Design has had her provide training seminars. She has been invited to speak at business associations and not-for-profit organizations including Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), Manufactured Housing Educational Trust (MHET), California Public Parking Association (CPPA), ICC Orange Empire and ICC Central Coast, as well as Chamber of Commerces and numerous AIA Chapters. Her new book ‘ADA in Details’ and her previous books, ‘Stepping Thru Accessible Details’ are compilations of architectural details on Accessibility used by architects, designers, building officials, and facility managers nationally. She also has developed reference matrices for multi-family dwelling units, both for bathrooms and kitchens.
Ms. Kent is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) serving both those in private practice as well as public sector who are involved with access in the built environment. Janis received her M.Arch from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA for her work in Access in 2015 and is currently the principal of Stepping Thru Accessibility in Long Beach, California.