Larry M. Schneider, AIA, Principal
Larry M. Schneider, AIA is the principal of his own firm Larry M. Schneider, AIA. Prior to reopening his own firm, he was the Accessibility, Value Analysis, and Partnering Coordinator with the firm of Dade Aviation Consultants at Miami International Airport.
A graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Mr. Schneider received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1973. He has been a principal with his own architectural firm of Currie Schneider Associates AIA, PA for ten years in which the firm won numerous design awards from such groups as AIA Florida, AIA Palm Beach, the City of Delray Beach and the State of Florida Trust for Historical Preservation.
In addition to his commitment to the architectural profession, Mr. Schneider's career has been enhanced by the positions he has held with various professional organizations. He has been an active member of such organizations as the Construction Specifications Institute, the Southern Building Code Congress International, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Institute of Architects.
He has been involved with the accessibility codes for the State of Florida since 1985 where he served as a member of the Department of Community Affairs Special Task Force to rewrite the Florida Accessibility Code. This resulted in the 1990 edition of the Florida Accessibility Manual. In 1992 he was appointed to the Florida Board of Building Codes and Standards and was elected its chair in 1993 and served as the chairperson of that board until 1996. In 1993 the State of Florida decided to rewrite its accessibility code to comply with the ADA Standards and he was the representing architect on this endeavor. Again in 1997, the State of Florida decided to rewrite its accessibility code, to comply with the DOJ comments for certification of the FACBC and he was the representing architect on this undertaking.
He sat on the AIA National committee to review and prepare position papers for the AIA on the proposed changes to ADAAG. He currently is the AIA representative on the ANSI A117.1 Committee that creates the national guidelines for accessibility compliance and use. He has continued to remain active in the code process and in those issues of concern by the disabled community.
He is a Past President of AIA Florida (FAAIA) and currently is their Chair for the Building Codes and Standards Committee. He was a member of the AIA National Board of Directors representing the Florida-Caribbean Region as their Regional Director. He was Past Chairman/member of the Palm Beach County Building Code Advisory Board, Past Chairman/member of the Palm Beach County Fire Code Advisory Board and has served on local community planning and zoning boards as well as the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the City of Delray Beach.
He is a recipient of the AIA Florida Gold Medal, the Charles W. Cleary Government Service Award, the Anthony L. Pullara Award for outstanding service to the architectural profession, AIA Palm Beach Gold Medal for continual and outstanding service to the profession, the community and to the chapter, and the John Stetson Memorial Award for outstanding service to the architectural profession and to the chapter. He was awarded the State of Florida Governor’s Award for Extraordinary Title III Compliance Award for his work in helping the citizens and design professionals to understand the Florida Accessibility Code.
He has been a speaker at past AIA Florida Conferences on Accessibility (Fair Housing, the ADA and FACBC), a Facilitator for the AIA National Seminar on ADA, a speaker at AIA National Grassroots, AIA Texas, AIA Oklahoma and the AIA National Convention, a speaker to the Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico, a speaker at the CSI National Convention, a speaker at the State of Florida Fire Marshall's Convention and at numerous Building Code Officials Conferences as well as government municipalities and school boards.
He currently provides general accessibility consulting services to clients in the public and private sector as it relates to Title II and III of the ADA as well as to Fair Housing compliance issues.