The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephan (Steve) Castellanos, FAIA to the position of Executive Director for the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA).
As an architect, general contractor and businessperson, Steve understands the importance of providing accessible facilities for all, and the myriad of issues affecting the design and construction industry in attaining this important goal. His previous experience as California’s State Architect (2000-2004) will serve him well in his appointment as Executive Director of the CCDA. In this new position he will provide the necessary leadership, management, and support duties necessary to fulfill the CCDA’s statutory mandates.
With a vision to developing recommendations that will enable persons with disabilities to exercise their right to full and equal access to public facilities, and that will facilitate business compliance with the applicable laws, building standards and regulations to avoid unnecessary litigation, the Legislature created the California Commission on Disability Access through Senate Bill 1608 authored by Senator Ellen Corbett. The role of the CCDA was further enhanced by the passage of Senate Bill 1186 authored by Senator Darrell Steinberg and Senator Bob Dutton.
The mission of the California Commission on Disability Access is to promote disability access in California through dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders including but not limited to the disability and business community and all levels of government.
The AIACC stands ready to work with Steve to develop programs and educate the profession to reduce barriers for all Californians.