IDA Fall Educational Series

Beyond the Building Code

 Accessibility and Inclusion in Interior Design

October 12, 2022 | 12:00 – 14:00

Session II - kihciy askiy Indigenous Ceremonial & Cultural Site


November 9, 2022 | 12:00 – 14:00

Session III - Challenges and Solutions Associated with Making Existing and Historical Buildings More Accessible


Professional Interior Designers are well versed in how to meet the barrier-free design requirements that are outlined in the building code; but codes represent only a minimum level of compliance, in relation to individuals with primarily physical disabilities. The understanding of diversity – as it relates to culture, race, religion, age, gender and neurological development – has widened significantly in recent years.


In an era where diversity is valued and social justice initiatives are demanding inclusivity – what other elements should be considered to create the most inclusive space possible? What other organizations and documents are guiding the pursuit of the most welcoming public spaces possible? How can we as designers support these initiatives and guide our clients in these efforts?

Join IDA as we explore these topics through our 2022-2023 webinar series. Part 1 (Fall 2022) seeks to bring together individuals and organizations at the leading edge who can share their diversity best practices.


Second Course:

Session II - kihciy askiy Indigenous Ceremonial & Cultural Site

Oct 12th, 2022 | 12:00 - 14:00

IDCEC Approved for 1.0 General CEU.
Learning Level: Basic

Presenter: TIFFANY SHAW, BFAM.Arch, Architect, AAA, Reimagine Architects



Tiffany is a Métis Architect and Reimagine’s Indigenous Practice Leader. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and her Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC). While born in Calgary and raised in Edmonton, Tiffany’s Métis lineage derives from Fort McMurray via Fort McKay and the Red River.

Tiffany’s passion for collaboration and community informs every aspect of her practice. She is renowned for her insightful aesthetic and sensitivity to diverse cultural landscapes. Her work forms a cohesive narrative between past, present, and future concepts, bringing essential relational and cultural aspects into contemporary practice to create the most sustainable designs uniquely specific to each client and community. Recent projects include Métis Crossing's Cultural Gathering Centre and Boutique Lodge, Kehewin Community Education Centre (K-12) and Edmonton International Airport's Indigenous Interpretive Retail and Cultural Centre.
Tiffany is also an active interdisciplinary artist, curator, and founding core member of the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective, which recently opened its Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre in Edmonton, a building dedicated exclusively to the advancement of Contemporary Indigenous Art and critical dialogue.  Her art and public art works can be found throughout Canada, such as ??? ( ÎNÎW) River Lot 11 ∞, Indigenous Art Park in Edmonton.


Presenter: LEWIS CARDINAL, Project ManagerIndigenous Knowledge & Wisdom Centre (IKWC)



Lewis Cardinal is a communicator and educator and has dedicated his life’s work to creating and maintaining connections and relationships that cross-cultural divides. His work has mirrored his personal vision of a socially just and responsive society. His long track record of public service includes, founding Board Member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Board Member of Theatre Network Society, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice, and Board Emeritus of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions, to mention a few.

Lewis has received QE II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the IndSpire Award for Public Service, the Province of Alberta’s Centennial Medal for his work in Human Rights and Diversity, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Grant MacEwan University, and conferred the Honorary Degree of “Doctor of Sacred Letters” from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Alberta.
Lewis is Woodland Cree from the Sucker Creek Cree First Nation in northern Alberta, Canada. His consulting company, Cardinal Strategic Communications, specializes in Indigenous education, governance, and communications.


Third Course:


Session III - Challenges and Solutions Associated with Making Existing and Historical Buildings More Accessible

Nov 9th, 2022 | 12:00 - 14:00

Presenter:  LINNIE TSE, BA, BCR, MEDes

Administrator, Barrier-Free, Alberta Municipal Affairs, Community and Technical Support

IDCEC Approved for 1.0 HSW-Barrier Free CEU.
Learning Level: Basic




Linnie is currently employed by the Government of Alberta as the Barrier Free Administrator in the Community and Technical Services Branch of Municipal Affairs. She is the administrative liaison between the Barrier-Free Sub-Council of the Safety Codes Council and Municipal Affairs. Some of her responsibilities includes the processing of applications for barrier-free relaxation and the update and rewrite of the Barrier-Free Design Guide used in Alberta. She worked with the Disability Advisory and Engagement Branch and for the Secretariat for the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities as the Accessibility Advisor. Nationally, she serves on the Emergency Measures Technical Committee for Accessibility Standards Canada. Internationally, she represents Alberta as a Director responsible for the International Built Environment and Certification Standards for the World Disability Union Her education includes a Masters in Environmental Design and 2 Bachelors - Community Rehabilitation and Sociology with a Minor in Communication Studies. Accessibility is the great equalizer!


After completing your registration you will receive a confirmation email, within 72 hours of registration, with a link to sign in to Zoom. At this point you will need to follow the steps supplied to receive your individual Zoom webinar access Link.


Please note that the name you use in your Zoom registration will be the name on your certificate of attendance.

Due to fraudulent registrations this event requires a two step registration process

Members | $60.00 per session | $160.00 for the series

Non-Member | $85.00 per session | $235.00 for the series