Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint five individuals to key Administration posts, including architecture’s very own Michael Graves, stating: “These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
The five individuals include:
- Vinton G. Cerf – Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation
- Marta Araoz de la Torre - Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
- Michael Graves – Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
- Laurie Leshin – Member, Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum
- Lynne Sebastian – Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
As a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, also known as The Access Board, Graves will devote his time to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, The Access Board has become the leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.