Karen Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design. She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, developers and architects on accessibility for housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the Advisory Board of the Northwest ADA Center and on the Board of the Northwest Center (for people with Developmental Disabilities).
Braitmayer received a bachelor's degree from Rice University and a master's degree in architecture from the University of Houston. She served as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council for almost a decade and remains involved in the development and update of Washington State’s accessibility code. In September of 2010, President Obama appointed Braitmayer to the US Access Board, an independent federal agency that provides leadership in accessible design under the ADA and other laws.