Elizabeth Sorgman
Name: Elizabeth Sorgman
Certifications / Licenses: architect
Access Inspections: Yes
I am a/an: Architect
I work for: City
Biography:

Professional Background

I have been a California Registered Architect for almost 30 years and I am a graduate of Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. As a native of Santa Barbara I have been fortunate to work both in the private and public sectors during my professional career. It has been exciting to work in my home town and also raise my family here. I have been a Plans Examiner for the County and the City of Santa Barbara and have also been self- employed for a good part of my career. My private practice included residential and commercial projects. I was also the first CASp specialist to gain certification for the City of Santa Barbara Building Department and I am currently a board member of the Independent Living Resource Center.

Qualifications

My experience of having worked on “both sides of the aisle” allows me to bring a unique perspective to the CASI Board. I can empathize with the issues faced by architects as they navigate the permitting process and I am well aware of the frustrations that Jurisdictions tackle when construction documents are not sufficient to confirm compliance with the codes. As a Certified Access Specialist for the City of Santa Barbara I am committed to addressing the issues faced by our disabled community. At times, a keen review of the plans allows the opportunity to problem solve a design solution that is simple and more intuitive than originally anticipated.

Goals I Hope to Achieve if Elected

If elected as the Communication Chair I will work to develop and present pertinent information in our monthly Communications Calendar. This information will include announcements of upcoming seminars, training opportunities and tackling the issues that CASp specialists feel have not been addressed.