Karen Braitmayer brings unique perspective to her award-winning work toward accessible architecture

Accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer, who worked with Olson Kundig on its recent renovation of the Space Needle, appreciates the view from the outer Observation Deck — and improved access to the deck itself. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer, who worked with Olson Kundig on its recent renovation of the Space Needle, appreciates the view from the outer Observation Deck — and improved access to the deck itself. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

As an accessibility consultant, an architect and a wheelchair user, her crusade for an inclusive built environment is rooted in public policy, personal motivation and excellent design.