Following many years designing buildings in private practice, architects Bob Evans and Stephen McCarthy established EQUAL ACCESS in 1996 as founding partners.

EQUAL ACCESS quickly became the go-to firm for accessibility consulting and expertise working with building/property owners, property managers, real estate agents, attorneys, and public entities.

After eight years, Stephen retired from the company and Bob became president and sole principal of the corporation in 2004.

EQUAL ACCESS has continued to grow providing their services to clients for all matters related to accessibility for all ADA Title II Public Entity and Title III Public Accommodation facilities of all types.

EQUAL ACCESS provides accessibility consulting, and expert witness, services throughout northern and southern California as well as in the states of Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Hawaii.

Specialized Expertise-

EA has established a specialized niche providing the following:

  • Consulting and expert witness services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys on accessibility-related lawsuits including depositions and trial testimony.

  • Exterior and interior accessibility-related field surveys/audits documentation of existing facilities.

  • Accessibility survey report writing including recommended modifications to remove architectural barriers for public and private entities.

  • 40 years of architectural experience to determine the most feasible and cost effective barrier removal modifications.

  • Peer review of architectural design and construction documents for architects to verify the provision of compliant accessibility design features and detailing.

  • Accessibility-related construction observation services.

  • Universal design and architectural design services.

  • <h4″>Interior and exterior modifications/alterations construction services.


President, Equal Access


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC)
Santa Monica, California
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, 1975


Architect, State of California, Lic. #C-10498
Architect, State of Hawaii, Lic #AR-7320 (currently inactive)
General Contractor, State of California, #B973497
Certified Access Specialist- #113 (CASp)


American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego Chapter Board of Directors, 1978-1979
Chairman, AIA programs Committee, 1979
Coordinator, AIA Architecture Registration Exam Seminars, 1980-1981


American Institute of Architects Lecture Series,
“Young San Diego Architects”, Guest Speaker, 1981

Instructor, San Diego Mesa College
“Materials of Construction”, 1984

Instructor, San Diego Mesa College
“Design”, 1985

“Equal Access and the Law” Seminar
Presented to the San Diego County Bar Association, 1997

“ADA: The 1998 Update” Seminar
Presented to the San Diego County Bar Association, 1998


San Diego International Chapter, American Concrete Institute
“1995 Concrete Flatwork Project”, Scottish Rite Center Entrance Enhancement.

Award of Excellence, San Diego Home & Garden Magazine
“Welsh House”, Borrego Springs 1990

Design Awards, San Diego Home & Garden Magazine
“Brown House, Borrego Springs, 1987

Beautification Award, City of Chula Vista
“E” Street Trolley Station”, 1985, Project Award

Orchid Award, Americans Institute of “San Ysidro Trolley Station” 1982

1992 Presidential Award Program
“Surface Warfare Officers School” Naval Amphibious, Coronado
Nominated by Western Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Bruno- National Governmental Buildings and Facilities

A licensed professional architect since 1979, Mr. Evans has provided architectural design for numerous public facility project types including commercial, governmental, institutional, residential, hospitality, and religious. His work has been published in San Diego Home & Garden, Town and Country Magazine, and architectural/construction trade magazines.

As a licensed contractor, he has provided accessibility construction modification services for many commercial facilities including shopping centers, restaurants, office buildings, and parking facilities.

He is adept at the design requirements of Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design (ADASAD), California Building Code Chapters 11A and 11B, ANSI, Section 504, FHAAG, and PROWAAC and has been an exclusive accessibility consultant and expert witness since 1996.

With more than 3,500 accessibility cases and projects completed, his broad range of expertise includes providing ADA/accessibility consulting services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys and has been designated as expert witness on a variety of cases. He was assigned as Special Master for the Molski v. Taco Bell class action lawsuit. He has testified in State and Federal Courts. In addition to providing facilities accessibility surveys, survey reports, and barrier removal consultation Bob also assesses alleged violations and realistic modifications toward mediation and settlement.

Bob continues to be the designated Accessibility Consultant/Expert for many attorneys, owners, and operators of public and private facilities projects involving cities and counties, restaurants, retail stores, shopping centers, office buildings, gas stations, hotels/motels, resorts, and large housing facilities.

Past Title II/Public Entities clients include:

San Diego Unified School District
Los Angeles Unified School District
San Diego Convention Center (Existing and Expansion)
San Francisco State University
California State Attorney General’s Office
City of Carlsbad
City of Newport Beach
City of Redlands
City of San Bernardino
City of Sonoma
City of Eureka
City of El Centro
County of San Diego
County of Imperial
County of Los Angeles
Port of San Diego

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