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Peter Margen, Principal Consultant

Peter Margen Peter is recognized for his expertise in disability policy and universal design issues. He brings over twenty-nine years of experience in regulation and policy development, building and facility evaluation and plan review. He's able to identify cost effective program and/or structural solutions to accessibility issues. He has been qualified as an expert witness by both state and federal courts and has extensive litigation/expert witness experience.

His introduction to disability access came in the early 1980s when he coordinated the design and construction of home accessibility modifications for disabled persons, through The Center for Independence of the Disabled (CID). In the early 1980's California had just passed its first set of accessibility standards and was looking for individuals to train and serve as technical resources in their communities. Peter took advantage of this training and has been working in the field ever since.

In the mid 1980s he directed the Access California Program, one of the nation's first resource centers on accessibility and universal design.

With City of Oakland, Peter served as the ADA Programs and Facilities Coordinator for over five years, working directly with the City Manager, elected officials and Department Heads to implement accessibility programs.

Ready to expand his horizons he launched Margen + Associates. One of his first projects was overseeing the accessibility features of the huge $290 million San Francisco City Hall renovation. At that time, he also wrote policy and provided training for the San Francisco Department of Public Works.

California Business Standards Commission SealFrom 1999-2006 Peter served on the California Building Standards Commission, Accessibility Advisory Committee. Since 2003 he's been an instructor with the University of California, Institute of Transportation Studies, Technology Transfer Program, and teaching accessibility to public right-of-way to design professionals and municipalities throughout California.

2007 California Building Code BoxAs a consultant, he has assisted the California Division of The State Architect in securing certification of the California Building Code for ADA equivalency. He was on the team which wrote the accessibility code changes to the 2007 California Building Code. He also serves as a Subject Matter Expert in developing examination and testing materials for the California Accessibility Specialist Certification Program (CASp)
Human Interest.
Peter MargenApart from his work in the disability access field, Peter is an avid guitarist and songwriter. He has performed professionally with a variety of artists, including British organist Brian Auger, noted writer and producer Walter Afanasieff, singers Kathy McDonald, Jessie "Mr. Soul" James, and in bands with members of Santana, Tower of Power and Grover Washington Jr. He plays and writes a variety of musical genres from acoustic smooth jazz to "down home and greasy" funk and blues.

Peter's original music with his group Calico Crew can be heard/purchased on iTunes (search Calico Crew) or at the following link: CD Baby

Here is a recording of Peter playing guitar with the late great Muddy Waters