Are you an Inclusive Designer?
Posted: 1st October 2019
Despite improvements in the last 20 years we still have a long way to go before all of our buildings, places and spaces are easy and comfortable for all of us to use. This book puts forward a powerful case for a totally new attitude towards inclusivity and accessibility. Exploring both the social and the business cases for striving for better, this book will empower architects to have more enlightened discussions with their clients about why we should be striving for better than the bare minimum, and challenging the notion that inclusive design should be thought of reductively as simply a list of “special features” to be added to a final design, or that inclusivity is only about wheelchair access. The ultimate aim of this book will be to help make inclusive design business as usual rather than something that is added on to address legislation at the end of the development process. Accessible and engaging, this book will be an invaluable resource for students as well as practicing architects, richly illustrated with case studies showing both good and bad examples of inclusive design, and celebrating inclusion.
- Rather than a dry manual, this book combines a powerful, thought-provoking polemic arguing for a step change in attitude, a guide for practitioners on how to have constructive conversations with clients around ID, and a learning resource for students and architects on how to adopt inclusive design and inclusive environment approaches in their work
- Offers an engaging challenge to widespread assumptions around what constitutes good, accessible design
- Provides practical advice, illustrated with case studies, for inclusive design principles
- The book will also act as a guide for practitioners on how to have more enlightened discussions with their clients around inclusivity
Julie has been advising on the creation of an accessible and inclusive environment for the last 30 years. As the Principal Access and Inclusive Design Adviser at the Greater London Authority she was responsible for the inclusive design and accessible housing policies in the London Plan. Following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Julie was seconded to the Office for Disability Issues as the Project Lead for the Government's Paralympic Legacy BEPE Project (the Built Environment Professional Education Project). She is a Design Council Built Environment Expert, a member of British Standards B/559 Committee, and in 2004 was awarded the OBE for services to disabled people.
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