Bassam Altwal
Name: Bassam Altwal
Certifications / Licenses: 109
Phone: (415) 310-3010
Access Inspections: Yes
I am a/an: CASp professional
I work for: Private (Including Not For Profit))
Inspections by County: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Sonoma County
Inspection Availability: Monday - Morning, Tuesday - Afternoon, Wednesday - Morning, Thursday - Morning, Friday - Morning
Phone: 415 310 3010

Bassam has a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Venice Italy, he is an Architectural Designer, Project Manager and a Certified Access Specialist, Bassam has over 33 years of Architectural experience including 25   years of experience in the United States.     


Bassam has developed and presented numerous seminars and workshops on Accessibility, and frequently hired to present Accessibility trainings on behalf of cities like the City of San Francisco and the BAR association of San Francisco, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and the California BAR association. He has given continues education seminars for attorneys and architects.  He is a founding member of the CASI “Certified Access Specialist Institute”


Bassam is a code driven, solution oriented person, his knowledge of Architecture design, Accessibility and Project Management can provide the right solution for architecture and accessibility issues, delivering time efficient, cost effective and flexible solutions to accommodate complex issues. His expertise is regularly utilized by law firms of both side of the aisle for the resolution of complaints and lawsuits procedures. He has served as expert witness in court and technical experts in mediations.


Bassam’s knowledge of all the disciplines involved in an Architectural or ADA project, helped him develop his greatest skill, which is the ability to be a problem solver and to foresee issues that can arise within the project and correct them early on for the betterment of the project. This cross-sectional knowledge allows him to identifying problems related to other disciplines gives him an edge in this market. This knowledge is reflected in the quality of his work


Bassam is fluent in three languages (Arabic, English and Italian).

Bassam was three times the guest on the Radio show “your legal rights” hosted by San Mateo Deputy District Attorney Chuck Finney.


Bassam was also instrumental and part of the City Of San Francisco Committee to study and Issue the “ADA Design Guidance for Historical Buildings”


Bassam held an advisory role with the California Commission on Disability Access


Bassam is a member of the Education & Outreach Committee for the CCDA (California Commission on Disability Access)


Bassam is also a founding member of CASI (Certified Access Specialist Institute).


Bassam is also a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Clayton (former chairman)

In his position as Vice President of Architecture in Designers Collective inc. later as principal of Cal Accessibility; he has developed a comprehensive survey check list and has completed facility compliance audits and surveys   for over 10 million square feet for various occupancy categories under the Title III and Title II of the ADA, he has designed and project managed the retrofit improvements for various facilities and is an ongoing ADA consultant with different entities. Bassam is the to go expert for the City of San Francisco neighborhood project and office of small business that hired his firm to conduct over 200 ADA audits for small businesses in the City (not part of the partial list of projects) and also is the ADA consultant for SMART the new fast rail in Marin County ,  and the vice chairman of the planning commission of the City of Clayton.

Partial List of Law Firms Represented in ADA actions (Defense or Plaintiff cases)



  • Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
  • MillerHauser Law group
  • Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Law Office of Jason G. Gong
  • Sarrail, Castillo & Hall, LLP
  • Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC
  • Ilona Brusil - Attorney at Law
  • Galina Blank – Attorney al Law
  • Ronald B. Reiss - Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Nick V. Avtonomoff
  • Law Office of Joong Y. Im
  • Law Office of Irene Karbelashvili
  • Law Office of Martin Caraves
  • Thomas E. Frankovich Law Corporation
  • Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP
  • Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
  • Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP
  • Deadrick L. Thaxton, Esq
  • Danofura Law Offices
  • Valinoti,Specter & Dito , LLP
  • The Vern Group
  • Law Offices of S. Jack Chevlen
  • Alvis Quashnock and Associates
  • Bowels & Verna LLP
  • Law Offices of Chriss Mazetti
  • Perkins Coie
  • Law Offices of John Everett
  • Fisher & Phillips LLP
  • Law Offices Of Manuel Rivas, Jr.



Partial List of Seminars or Workshops given:

  • On behalf of the Contra Costa BAR Association (2 seminars)
  • On behalf of the San Francisco BAR association (3 seminars)
  • On behalf of the California BAR association (webinar)
  • On behalf of the Napa BAR association
  • On behalf of the Santa Clara BAR association  
  • On behalf of HRI (2 seminars)
  • On behalf of the City of San Francisco (6 seminars)
  • On behalf of the San Francisco Chamber of commerce (2 workshops)
  • On behalf of the Automotive Service Council ( 2 seminars)
  • On behalf of the Mission Merchant Association
  • On behalf of the Quality Care Health Association
  • On behalf of 680 Commercial Idea Exchange
  • On behalf of Transwestern Real Estate (2 workshops)
  • On behalf of the California Lodging Association (6seminars)
  • On behalf of the San Francisco Community Business Resources
  • On behalf of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • On behalf of the Richmond District Merchants
  • On behalf of Hornberger + Worstell Architects
  • On behalf of Commercial Real Estate Services
  • On behalf of the San Pablo Initiative (10 workshops)
  • On behalf of the CCIM
  • On behalf of Down Town Martinez Association (5 workshops)
  • On behalf of the Office of Economic Development – Human Services Agency