Design for the Mind

Design for the Mind

Design for the Mind

About Event

ACA would like to invite you to Design for the Mind with Martin Burgess and Jean Hewitt from Buro Happold on Wednesday 28th June 2023 starting at 3 pm (AEST Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra time).

Martin and Jean will present the new British Standard PAS6463 Design for the Mind – Neurodiversity and the built environment – Guide and offer some background into how it has been received in the UK.

The standard dovetails in with Universal Design so ‘translates’ well to the built environment in Australia.

All times are in AEST – Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne

About the Speaker

Martin Burgess

Martin Burgess

Director, Access and Building Consultancy

Martin has worked in construction for over 30 years and has extensive experience in universal design since the inception of disability discrimination legislation in the 1990’s.

He also has worked in a statutory Building Control environment with Building Certification experience in the UK. His access work includes supporting clients with design assessments, access audits, performance solutions as well as resolving practical issues throughout the construction process. He has international experience with clients in Australia, as well as the UK, Canada, USA, and Asia.

He believes in helping clients seeking innovative and positive ways of ensuring inclusive design, being proactive in finding solutions which work for all those who will access and use the facilities associated with the built environment.

He has worked at all levels of organisations, including managerial, policy development and his pragmatic and practical approach to regulatory guidance has won praise from clients worldwide.

Martin is an accredited member of the Association of Consultants in Access (ACA), as well as being an Access Consultant of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) in the UK, and currently sits on their Advisory Panel. He is also a member of the UK’s Access Association. He has also sat on management committees in the UK and Australia, as well as supporting consultation work on new Australian Standards and British Standards most recently looking at accessibility requirements associated with publicly accessible Electric Vehicle Charging.

Whilst working in Australia, he also contributed to the review and development of Australian Standards with the ME64 Committee. In the UK, he has given evidence and contributed to the Women and Equalities Committee of the UK Government.

His Australian work experience included Access Consultant work on the Perth Children’s Hospital, Sydney Metro Northwest, Canberra Light Rail, and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Pedestrian Bridge serving the Allianz Stadium and SCG (via Surry Hills).

Martin presented two papers to the 2017 ACA International Conference which included one on Accessible Housing.

Martin is an independent Access Consultant as well as working part time for the international consultancy company – Buro Happold. Current projects include the complete redevelopment of Olympia in London, Everton Football Club’s new stadium in Liverpool and alterations to Tottenham Hotspur’s Football Ground in London.

Jean Hewitt

Jean Hewitt

Inclusive Environments specialist with Buro Happold & Honorary Associate Professor at Bartlett

Jean is an Inclusive Environments specialist with Buro Happold and an Honorary Associate Professor at the Bartlett, where she leads the “Designing Inclusive Places” module on UCL’s MSc Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings programme. She currently holds a voluntary post as the UK Government’s Disability and Access Ambassador for the Built Environment.

Jean is longstanding member of BSI’s B/559 Committee for Accessible and Inclusive Environments, and is BSI’s technical author for PAS 6463: Design for the Mind – Neurodiversity and the Built Environment.

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