For an overview of Johnna Keller’s architecture work, visit hir LinkedIn page.


Johnna has presented at numerous venues, including AIA Conference on Architecture; Living Future; the “Disability, Arts, Health” conference in Bergen, Norway; and invited talks at universities including the University of Minnesota, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Middlebury College. Below are the materials from several of these presentations.


In Spring 2016, AIA’s journal Design Equilibrium 2016 published Johnna’s article “The Politics of Stairs.” The article can be accessed using the two links below.

“The Politics of Stairs” has just been licensed to appear in the textbook The Norton Field Guide to Writing, 5th ed.

Society for Disability Studies 2014 Presentation

Below appears the text of Johnna’s original 2014 presentation at SDS, with described images.

© Bullitt Foundation The Bullitt Center

© Bullitt Foundation
The Bullitt Center

The image above is an exterior photograph of The Bullitt Center in Seattle, and shows an angled view of a white building with large windows and a large roof extending over the building’s edges, all within a dense urban context of buildings, sidewalks, and streets. A vertical glass and steel tower juts forward from the building’s front façade to display a series of stairs.

© Farsid Assassi, courtesy of BNIM Architects The Omega Center for Sustainable Living

© Farsid Assassi, courtesy of BNIM Architects
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living

The image above is an interior photograph of The Omega Center for Sustainable Living in upstate New York, and shows an expanse of windows looking out onto a dense forest of trees, blue skies, and puffy white clouds. A lower band of windows opens to the outside air while three people stretch on mats lined below.

Using two recent examples of sustainable architecture, Johnna Keller will contrast how the green building industry appears to be privileging able-bodied occupants to decrease the environmental footprint of buildings while also implementing design strategies to improve the quality of the indoor environment, creating spaces that improve the health and well-being of all occupants.

How can green building be sustainable if it’s not accessible? How can we help influence the future of sustainable design so that it’s both accessible and sustainable?

Click here for a Google Doc of Johnna’s 2014 SDS presentation.

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Description of header image: A view upward through the tilted windows of the University of Michigan Law Library. The windows’ black mullions slant at angles through the photo frame. Between each mullioned segment is part of the view through the windows, composed of fragmented parallelograms of blue sky, pinkish-white clouds, leafy deciduous tree, and stone towers. A bird has pooped on one of the window panes. (Photo by Johnna Keller.)

Hello! We are the Sustaining Access Project, a group of designers, researchers, and activists who collaborate to explore the intersections of sustainability and accessibility.

This website began as an effort to enhance accessibility for a 2014 presentation at the Society for Disability Studies, titled “Social (In)Justices and Unlikely Allies: Questioning Sustainable Design in Architectural, Urban, Digital, and Academic Spaces.” Our intention was to provide an open-source and accessible space for presentation materials, as well as a “crip time” (non-linear space/time frame) venue for discussion.

Since that first project in 2014, we’ve added more materials to this site, and it is always in progress–so please bear with us! Feel free to add a comment or contact any of the members if you have questions.


Aimi Hamraie

Johnna Keller

Margaret Price

Melanie Yergeau