About

Marcela Abadi Rhoads, FAIA RAS #240

Marcela Abadi of Abadi Accessibility

Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA RAS is the owner of Abadi Accessibility, an accessibility consulting firm that is dedicated to educating the building industry about the laws of accessibility.  She is the author of “The ADA Companion Guide” and “Applying the ADA” published by John Wiley and Sons.  She  received her Architectural degree in 1991 from  the University of Texas in Austin.

She is one of only 500 Registered Accessibility Specialists in the country and is considered an expert in the field.   Marcela  is sought after by owners and architects across the country who look to her for guidance to understand the accessibility standards throughout the design and construction process.  In 2011 she was nominated by the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce for the award of “Texas Top Hispanic Business Woman of the Year”.

“I really appreciate how available Marcela makes herself to our firm and our clients. She graciously receives our questions regardless if we have retain her for services or not.

As an architect, you are always looking to solve a problem in new ways and Marcela’s creative, out of the box thinking proves valuable in helping us interpret the spirit of the code while allowing us the freedom to express our designs.”

March 26, 2009
Bob Borson
Architect at Bernbaum Magadini Architects, author of “Life of an Architect” blog

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She assists the building industry, in part, by producing  a monthly newsletter and weekly Blog  to educate on the best way to apply the standards to their architectural projects. Abadi Accessibility performs TAS plan reviews and inspections, ADA Assessments, Expert Witness and  ADA Training when requested.

Professional Experience/Education
Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin 1991
Construction Documents Technologist from CSI- 1998
Registered Architect in the State of Texas- 1999
Registered Accessibility Specialist with TDLR- 2002
Accessibility Plan Examiner- 2002
Accessibility Building Inspector- 2002

Certifications
Texas Registered Architect 16721
Registered Accessibility Specialist no. 240
DUNS No. 60-313-3427
NCTRCA Minority Business Enterprise Certification HFMB81243N0619.
NCTRCA Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification HFMB81243N0619.
Historically Underutilized Business No.120179978200
City of Dallas Vendor Number: VS0000004251
City of Austin Vendor Number: VS00000928499
AIA CES Provider #: 40103136