Accessible House: what makes good practice?

20 February 2014

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM


The Bond, 122 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE


Britain has finally woken up to the fact that, like many other parts of the world, we have an aging population. Due largely to medical advances, better diet and living conditions, and changing attitudes to disability and ageing, we are working and living longer. This session will take a fresh look at why accessibility is such an important issue and the key role that designers play in ensuring that new homes are fit for purpose, now and over the long term.

Straddling health and housing, aging and disability, mainstream and specialised housing, planning and Building Regulations, accessibility is sometimes caught in the middle, this seminar will find out what architects think about these questions and more:

  • is the strategic thinking as joined up as it might be?
  • do designers and developers understand what is expected of them?
  • are standards asking for too much?
  • have 'hearts and minds' been 'won over', or is there still a degree of resistance?
  • are the built results good enough or, like energy performance, is the intention somewhat better than the reality?

This session will aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • raise awareness of the demographic need for new housing
  • explain why we must design for a range of different needs
  • understand the relationship between space and accessibility
  • provide a clear interpretation of current accessibility standards
  • share examples of good design and innovative tested solutions
  • pass on tips for compliance.

Speaker:  Julia Park BSc BArch, Head of Housing Research, Levitt Bernstein



RIBA CPD Club Members: Free of charge
RIBA/CIAT members: £70.80 (£59.00 + VAT)
RIBA student members: £18.00 (£15.00 + VAT)
Others: £102.00 (£85.00 + VAT)


All RIBA members (including CPD Club Ticket holders) and non-members can book online.


Gursharan Kaur
0121 233 2321 


RIBA West Midlands

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