Sudden Blindness Gives Architect New Opportunity

May 15, 2009
By Cherry Crayton

Inspiring story in The San Francisco Chronicle about Chris Downey ’84.

Fifteen months ago Chris Downey was just another green architect, based in Oakland. Now he has an expertise that separates him from every other architect in the Bay Area and all 20,000 attendees at this week’s American Institute of Architects’ National Convention in San Francisco.

Downey, 46, is a blind architect dedicated to planning buildings for blind people, a niche brought about by his sudden loss of sight after surgery.

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