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The Fair Housing Act: The Requirements, Their Evolution and Real Life Applications

May 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $20.00

Join us on Wednesday, May 8th for an engaging session led by Steven Montgomery, AIA, Accessibility Specialist at LCM Architects (Chicago), and Mark Raymond Jr. from the Split Second Foundation.

Steven Montgomery, AIA, will lecture about the accessibility requirements (and their development over time) from an architectural practitioner’s perspective.

Mr. Raymond is the founder of Split Second Foundation, an advocacy organization focusing on disabled population’s rights, research, and quality-of-life improvements. A wheelchair user since a shallow-diving accident in 2016, Mark will illustrate the limitations, accomodations and real-life experience of current (and developing) ADA design requirements.

It’s also a chance for non-wheelchair users to experience the realities of the ADA’s impacts on the disabled community. The program will give volunteers the opportunity to navigate part of the design center in wheelchairs provided for that use.

SPONSORED by MLM Commercial Construction and MLM Custom Homes

Earn 1 HSW credit at this event.  Free for AIA New Orleans members and affiliates, and $20 for non-member architects. Refreshments will be served.

About Our Speakers


With over four decades of professional experience, Steven Montgomery has dedicated his career to various facets of housing, including market-rate and affordable multifamily housing, as well as specialized residential settings catering to seniors and individuals with special needs. This includes independent living, assisted-living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities. His extensive involvement in affordable housing and senior-care initiatives has cultivated a profound understanding of the social equity and sustainability principles inherent in these projects. Through this, he has encountered a wide array of accessibility and universal design challenges.

Steven’s rich background in multifamily housing has informed his meticulous approach to accessibility standards mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Drawing from his comprehensive design expertise, he offers insightful recommendations for addressing accessibility concerns in multifamily housing projects. His role extends to reviewing designs and construction for compliance with FHA accessibility standards, providing expert guidance in legal matters, and serving as an expert witness when needed.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University and is a licensed architect in Illinois. He is also a registered Accessibility Specialist in Texas and holds LEED accreditation, reflecting his commitment to sustainable and inclusive design practices.

Mark Raymond Jr., Founder/CEO of The Split Second Foundation

Mark has a strong legacy of community service deeply rooted in his family history, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, A.P. Tureaud. His dedication to advancing equity-focused initiatives spans across the Greater New Orleans area and beyond. Mark’s advocacy for justice gained new momentum after a life-altering diving accident in 2016, which resulted in the loss of his ability to walk. This experience shed light on the stark disparities in accessibility and the lack of available resources for individuals in similar situations.

In response, Mark established the Split Second Foundation to raise awareness about the growing population of individuals affected by disabilities, advocate for their rights, support cutting-edge research, and offer tangible steps to enhance their quality of life. His initiatives include the creation of Split Second Fitness, Louisiana’s inaugural inclusive gym, as well as his role on the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) New Orleans Board of Commissioners, where he served as Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mark also contributed to the RTA’s introduction of the first two ADA-compliant streetcars on the historic St. Charles streetcar line.

Mark’s outstanding contributions to the community, both through his personal efforts and the SSF, have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Gambit’s “40 Under 40”, New Orleans Magazine’s “Ones to Watch”, the Millennial Change Makers Award, and more.


May 8
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $20.00
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AIA New Orleans Center for Design
1000 St. Charles Street
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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