January 2019: Blind architect Chris Downey interviewed on CBS 60 Minutes

Contributed by Robert Jaquiss
Editor of Independence Science Newsletter

On January 13, Chris Downey, a blind architect was interviewed on the CBS 60 Minutes program. According to his brief biography on TED, Chris Downey is an architect, planner, and consultant. He works with design teams and clients and draws on his unique perspective as an architect without sight to help to realize environments that offer greater physical accessibility, and delight in architecture experienced through other senses. He is one of the few practicing blind architects in the world and had 20 years of award-winning practice with custom residences and cultural institutions before losing his sight. The following three links provide more information:

For Chris Downey 60 Minutes interview transcript: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/architect-chris-downey-goes-blind-says-hes-actually-gotten-better-at-his-job-60-minutes/

For Chris Downey’s TED talk on YouTube: https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_downey_design_with_the_blind_in_mindFor Chris Downey’s interview in the Braille Monitor (January 2011): https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm11/bm1101/bm110104.htm