Bob Topping

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Bob Topping (born in Scotland) is a Canadian architect. Robert Topping earned a Bachelor of Architecture (1979) from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland before emigrating to Canada. Topping is the president of Designable Environments Inc., and a founding member of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES).

Professional life[edit]

Topping has over twenty-five years of experience practising and teaching architecture with a specialization and interest in the fields of barrier-free design and universal design at Humber College and then Sheridan College. Originally in partnership with Carol Kelly and Heather Snell, Topping established Designable Environments Inc. in 1987, but became the sole owner in 2014. [1]

He has appeared in conferences around the world[2] educating design professionals about universal design as it relates to the built environment, and currently serves as the treasurer[3]on the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES).

Bob is a registered architect and design consultant with the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is also a member of:

He is the author of "Changes: disability and the challenge of renovation" published in 1985[4] about his experience renovating a home for a family who had adopted several children with severe disabilities.

As of 2008, Topping has retired from teaching full-time to focus on his work at Designable Environments.


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