Social Sustainability: Inclusion + Design

Brought to you by RAIA QLD's Sustainability Committee, Griffith University and The Hopkins Centre

This seminar focusses on housing and liveability challenges. It aims to explore how we can raise awareness for improving disability and rehabilitation practices. Examples of experiences will be shared by the speakers who have worked with a variety of clients and across various project types. There will also be a discussion on what more can architects consider when designing buildings and spaces that allow for social inclusion. The seminar will move towards a broader discussion on regulations, design creativity and what lessons have been learnt and what can we do better. We need to be better if we are to achieve social sustainability.

Get to know your speakers:

Wendy Lovelace, Architect
Wendy Lovelace is an architect living with MS. Wendy brings both a personal and professional perspective to the issues of social sustainability, inclusion and design. In her role as an access advisor, Wendy assists organisations such as MS Queensland to create accessible housing in socially inclusive environments. Wendy is the convenor of Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design (QAUHD). QAUHD are lobbying the government to regulate accessible housing through the National Construction Code. As such Wendy is closely following the progress of the Accessible Housing Project being undertaken by the Australian Building Codes Board to assess the Regulatory Impact of various options for minimum accessibility standards to be applied through the NCC.

Kathryn Lyons - Accessibili–t
Kathryn Lyons is Director of Accessibili-t Plus, an experience-led consultancy and product design company. Kathryn overcomes the barriers of her complex disability to empower and enable people globally, beginning with better access. Kathryn’s unique innovations provide practical solutions for people in our built environment.

As co-founder of Accessibili-t, a not-for-profit organisation, Kathryn shares the vision to achieve an authentically inclusive world, one in which all people participate equally and independently. Her loving kindness and empathy fosters other’s journeys. As Change Agent, Kathryn was invited to represent Australia at the United Nations’ 12th Conference of State Parties for the Charter of the Rights for People with Disabilities, where her intervention addressed improving outcomes. Post-UN she is pursuing invitations to improve accessibility for various countries, including a global alliance for sustainable inclusive cities of tomorrow. Some of Kathryn's accolades include QLD Young Acheivers Award for Create Change 2018 and QLD Emerging Young Leader 2018, International Women's  Day Access Australia.

David Watson, Architect
David Watson is the director of Archr Design and a registered architect with a vested interest in developing residential designs that promote Livability and Accessibility. Throughout his life he’s witnessed his sister, born with Spina Bifida and a full-time wheelchair user, struggle due to simple ‘industry standard’ construction methods that limit her access and manoeuvrability. His passion for disability sensitive design originates from the frustration of realising the lack of housing that can cater for someone with a physical disability. 

As an Architect, LHA Assessor, and registered NDIS Service Provider, David firmly believes that inclusive design should cater to making a house feel like HOME and works closely with developers, builders, families, and the participants themselves to ensure accessibility is taken from concept to built form.

Jamen Wilcox, STAR Consultancy
Jamen Wilcox, a descendant of the Mamu people in Daradgee, is an Occupational Health and Safety professional with over 20 years’ experience. During this time, Jamen has worked across a wide range of industries in both Government and private enterprise throughout Australia and currently operates his own business STAR Consultancy. 
Jamen has worked extensively in indigenous communities and with indigenous organisations throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. Through STAR Consultancy, Jamen has operated as a liaison between indigenous organisations and mainstream businesses on a variety of projects including commercial enterprises, research projects and health promotions. 
Dr Courtney Wright, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, The Hopkins Centre, Menzies Health Institute, Griffith University

Dr Courtney Wright is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with a conjoint appointment at The Hopkins Centre (Griffith University) and Synapse Australia. Her research has focused on individuals with complex disabilities living well in place within family and community systems. Housing for people with neurological disability (spanning the home and neighbourhood/community context) is her area of expertise. Courtney has been involved in research projects spanning a variety of contexts including disability and rehabilitation, psychosocial adjustment following traumatic injury, and housing for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with complex disability. Her post-doctoral work with Synapse involved working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns to conduct a longitudinal post-occupancy evaluation of the first purpose-built housing complex in Australia for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with brain injury. 

On Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 5:30pm Please be seated for a 6pm start.
Please note there is no catering at this event


Griffith University's Queensland College of Art Webb Centre
226 Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101

Webb Centre (Bld S02),
Level 7 Function Space (Room 7.16/07),
Queensland College of Art, 
South Bank Campus, 226 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
(This is an Accessible venue)

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