Steve Demos has over 45 years of architectural practice specifically addressing human-centered design and design for people representing all levels of ability. His experience includes design and design review, workshops and teaching, and preparation of manuals and guidelines. He plays a key role in IHCD’s plan review work. From 1991 to 2007, Mr. Demos was responsible for design review of pedestrian facilities and Title II compliance for the entire Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project – over 65 design contracts covering streetscapes, sidewalks, parks, transit stations, buildings, parking garages, commercial spaces, and water ferry docks. Other recent work ranges from leading a community design project in the city of Leon, Nicaragua to working with a number of institutions and municipalities on ways to achieve universal design.
Mr. Demos has been on the faculties of Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston Architectural Center, Phillips Academy, and Phillips Exeter Academy as well as presenting seminars, lectures and workshops, both in the U.S. and abroad.
He was formerly Chief Architect for the Executive Office of Communities and Development and before that, Chief Architect for the Boston Housing Authority. In these capacities, among other things, he developed project development manuals and design guidelines based on behavioral design and sociological research. One of his books on behavioral based design criteria earned a Progressive Architecture Award for Applied Research, and many housing projects on which he collaborated have won state and national awards.
Mr. Demos has along history in the field of access regulations. In 1973, he compiled guidelines for barrier-free design that were later incorporated into the first Massachusetts access regulations. Later, he served on the review board for the development of the Rules and Regulation of the Massachusetts Architectural Barriers Board. He also was on the review panel for the 1986 revision of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards for Accessibility. These were subsequently used as the basis of the 1991 ADA Standards.