Photo credit Don Fogg.
Beethoven was deaf, yet he accomplished what was thought to be impossible. Now we have an architect who developed sudden blindness has carved out a successful career as a consultant to architectural firms.
Two and a half years ago, Downey had just started running the architecture practice at a stylish green-design firm. A few weeks after he took the job, he noticed something wrong with his vision. A tumor was wrapped around his optic nerve; he needed surgery right away. When he woke up, everything was blurry, but he could see. “Five days later,” he said, “it all went black.”
Shortly before he was laid off, Downey had found a blind computer scientist who had devised a way to print online maps through a tactile printer; it worked for architectural drawings too…
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